Dust storm causes several crashes on Highway 152 in Madera County

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Dust storm causes several crashes on Highway 152 in Madera County, forcing detours
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At least six crashes involving 12 cars were reported

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- A dust storm has caused several crashes on Highway 152 near Highway 99 in Madera County.

The California Highway Patrol says calls started coming in just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

At least six crashes involving 12 cars were reported. A CHP patrol car was rear-ended while responding to the calls.

No one was taken to the hospital.

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Strong winds kicked dirt up into the air, making it hard for drivers to see.

Officers say at one point, it was zero visibility on the highway.

Highway 152 was closed in both directions from Road 16 to Highway 99 for several hours, but has since reopened.

Authorities say when wind like this comes through, it's best for drivers to slow down and be very aware of their surroundings.