LORDSBURG, New Mexico -- A major vehicle pileup amid storms throughout the region shut down a stretch of Interstate 10 near Lordsburg on Sunday night, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation indicated the crash occurred on I-10 westbound at milepost 35, which is just east of Lordsburg.
Wrecked semi-trucks and cars blocked the interstate, which was closed until further notice, and there was word of injured travelers being tended to at the scene. However, the total number of vehicles involved in the pileup and the extent of injuries weren't immediately clear.
The weather service said a dust storm warning was issued for Hidalgo County at the time of the crash due to 60 mile an hour wind gusts that produced blowing dust with significantly reduced visibility for motorists.
No further details on the crash were immediately available late Sunday night.
Travelers on I-10 between Lordsburg and the AZ border. Strong Winds and blowing dust are causing major traffic issues. A 60 MPH wind report came in following the issuance of the dust storm warning. #nmwx https://t.co/GMymuSj8Tt— NWS El Paso (@NWSElPaso) July 12, 2021