11 people hospitalized in wind storm crashes


by By KREM.com


Posted on October 3, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 4:26 PM

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. -- All roadways in Grant and Adams counties have been reopened after being closed for most of Sunday due to a severe dust storm. Interstate 90 reopened last night around 7:30 p.m.

Recovery of the vehicles involved in crashes along Wheeler Road/ Road 3 east of Moses Lake is continuing. It is still not clear how many total vehicles were involved or how many separate collisions happened. Many motorists stranded or injured in the dust storm were rescued by deputies from the Grant County Sheriff's Office and firefighters from Grant County Fire District 5. Assistance was also provided by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

As of 3:00 p.m. Sunday, 11 people were hospitalized due to the storm-related crashes in Grant County. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK -- North Idaho and Eastern Washington will see windy conditions developing into Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has cancelled the wind and dust storm advisory. National Weather Service says winds reached up to 50 miles per hour in some areas.

The strongest gusts were in Sandpoint, Rathdrum and Coeur d'Alene.

Strong winds on the Palouse created the dust storm that closed I-90 from Ritzville to Grant County earlier Sunday.

WSP is reporting that two semi trucks and three cars were involved in a crash around midnight due to the conditions.

11 people are reportedly injured, some seriously.

All of the injured people were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center.