Dust causes pile-up, kills three

Kansas Agland

Wind gusts well above 30 mph were causing issues in western Kansas on Thursday, fanning a prairie grass fire, causing flickering light and a fatality accident. Blowing dust also caused the closing of a section of Interstate Highway 70.

Gusts of more than 50 mph were reported at both Dodge City and Garden City by the National Weather Service Thursday afternoon. Videos from western Kansas residents showed blowing tumbleweeds, and a tweet from the National Weather Service out of Goodland reported 20-feet tall drifts of tumbleweeds blocking a roadway in neighboring Cheyenne County, Colo.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says blowing dust caused an 11-vehicle pileup that left three people dead in northwest Kansas.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon on Highway 83 near Rexford, in Thomas County. The patrol says seven tractor-trailer trucks and four passenger vehicles collided. The patrol says high winds and blowing dust reduced visibility to almost zero at the time of the crash.

The victims were identified as 51-year-old Leonard Scott Breeden of Colby; 57-year-old James Ocie Perrott of Perryton, Texas; and 66-year-old Jerold L. Lamb of Florissant, Colo.

The patrol did not release more details on the accident or information on injuries.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thursday afternoon there was a prairie grass fire 5 miles north of the Westfall exit off I-70. Firefighters from Lincoln, Beverly, Westfall, Ellsworth and Salina were fighting the blaze that was being fanned by high winds, a dispatcher said.

Westar Energy Regional Manager Tom Sydow, said the gales broke a power pole near Delphos, and there was a wire off its insulator in Salina.

There were some reports of lights flickering, he said, but most of the problems were "normal stuff."

Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol Tweeted that Interstate Highway 70 was closed from Colby to Limon, Colo., thanks to wind and blowing dust.

A dispatcher at the Sherman County Sheriff's Department said Kansas Highway 36 was closed through Cheyenne County, Kansas Highway 27 was closed north of Goodland, and Kansas Highway 24 was closed from Goodland west. The dust was reducing visibility to zero in places, the dispatcher said, quoting radio reports.

The highways were reopened Thursday evening.

Windy conditions were expected to persist through the weekend with northwest gusts as high as 35 mph on Saturday. The high Saturday is predicted to hit 55, with a high of 62 on Sunday.

Tim Unruh, Salina, and Amy Bickel, Hutchinson, contributed to this report.

Wind gusts well above 30 mph were causing issues in north-central and northwest Kansas on Thursday, fanning a prairie grass fire, causing flickering lights and blowing dust that caused the closing of a section of Interstate Highway 70.

 

Windy conditions were expected to persist through the weekend with northwest gusts as high as 35 mph on Saturday. The high Saturday is predicted to hit 55, with a high of 62 on Sunday.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thursday afternoon there was a prairie grass fire 5 miles north of the Westfall exit off I-70. Firefighters from Lincoln, Beverly, Westfall, Ellsworth and Salina were fighting the blaze that was being fanned by high winds, a dispatcher said.

Westar Energy Regional Manager Tom Sydow, said the gales broke a power pole near Delphos, and there was a wire off its insulator in Salina.

There were some reports of lights flickering, he said, but most of the problems were "normal stuff."

Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol Tweeted that Interstate Highway 70 was closed from Colby to Limon, Colo., thanks to wind and blowing dust.

A dispatcher at the Sherman County Sheriff's Department said Kansas Highway 36 was closed through Cheyenne County, Kansas Highway 27 was closed north of Goodland, and Kansas Highway 24 was closed from Goodland west. The dust was reducing visibility to zero in places, the dispatcher said, quoting radio reports.

The highways were reopened Thursday evening.

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Wind gusts well above 30 mph were causing issues in north-central and northwest Kansas on Thursday, fanning a prairie grass fire, causing flickering lights and blowing dust that caused the closing of a section of Interstate Highway 70.

 

Windy conditions were expected to persist through the weekend with northwest gusts as high as 35 mph on Saturday. The high Saturday is predicted to hit 55, with a high of 62 on Sunday.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thursday afternoon there was a prairie grass fire 5 miles north of the Westfall exit off I-70. Firefighters from Lincoln, Beverly, Westfall, Ellsworth and Salina were fighting the blaze that was being fanned by high winds, a dispatcher said.

Westar Energy Regional Manager Tom Sydow, said the gales broke a power pole near Delphos, and there was a wire off its insulator in Salina.

There were some reports of lights flickering, he said, but most of the problems were "normal stuff."

Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol Tweeted that Interstate Highway 70 was closed from Colby to Limon, Colo., thanks to wind and blowing dust.

A dispatcher at the Sherman County Sheriff's Department said Kansas Highway 36 was closed through Cheyenne County, Kansas Highway 27 was closed north of Goodland, and Kansas Highway 24 was closed from Goodland west. The dust was reducing visibility to zero in places, the dispatcher said, quoting radio reports.

The highways were reopened Thursday evening.

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/windy--1-16-14#sthash.xwnxyGsS.dpuf

Wind gusts well above 30 mph were causing issues in north-central and northwest Kansas on Thursday, fanning a prairie grass fire, causing flickering lights and blowing dust that caused the closing of a section of Interstate Highway 70.

 

Windy conditions were expected to persist through the weekend with northwest gusts as high as 35 mph on Saturday. The high Saturday is predicted to hit 55, with a high of 62 on Sunday.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thursday afternoon there was a prairie grass fire 5 miles north of the Westfall exit off I-70. Firefighters from Lincoln, Beverly, Westfall, Ellsworth and Salina were fighting the blaze that was being fanned by high winds, a dispatcher said.

Westar Energy Regional Manager Tom Sydow, said the gales broke a power pole near Delphos, and there was a wire off its insulator in Salina.

There were some reports of lights flickering, he said, but most of the problems were "normal stuff."

Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol Tweeted that Interstate Highway 70 was closed from Colby to Limon, Colo., thanks to wind and blowing dust.

A dispatcher at the Sherman County Sheriff's Department said Kansas Highway 36 was closed through Cheyenne County, Kansas Highway 27 was closed north of Goodland, and Kansas Highway 24 was closed from Goodland west. The dust was reducing visibility to zero in places, the dispatcher said, quoting radio reports.

The highways were reopened Thursday evening.

 

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/windy--1-16-14#sthash.MacgKKUv.dpuf

Wind gusts well above 30 mph are causing issues in north-central and northwest Kansas.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is reporting a prairie grass fire five miles north of the Westfall exit of Interstate Hghway 70. Firefighters from Lincoln, Beverly, Westfall, Ellsworth and Salina are fighting the blaze that is being fanned by high winds, a dispatcher said.

 

Westar Energy regional manager, Tom Sydow, said the gales broke a power pole near Delphos and there was a wire off of its insulator in Salina.

There were some reports of like flickering, he said, but most of the problems were "normal stuff."

Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol Tweeted that Interstate Highway 70 was closed from Colby to Limon, Colo., thanks to wind and blowing dust.

A dispatcher at the Sherman County Sheriff's Department said Kansas Highway 36 was closed through Cheyenne County and Kansas Highway 27 was closed north of Goodland. The dust was reducing visibility to zero in places, the dispatcher said, quoting radio reports.

Windy conditions were expected to persist through the weekend with northwest gusts up to 35 mph on Saturday.

But the high Saturday will hit 55 and rise to 62 Sunday.

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/wind-gusts-1-16-14#sthash.MIWKrzKc.dpuf

Wind gusts well above 30 mph are causing issues in north-central and northwest Kansas.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is reporting a prairie grass fire five miles north of the Westfall exit of Interstate Hghway 70. Firefighters from Lincoln, Beverly, Westfall, Ellsworth and Salina are fighting the blaze that is being fanned by high winds, a dispatcher said.

 

Westar Energy regional manager, Tom Sydow, said the gales broke a power pole near Delphos and there was a wire off of its insulator in Salina.

There were some reports of like flickering, he said, but most of the problems were "normal stuff."

Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol Tweeted that Interstate Highway 70 was closed from Colby to Limon, Colo., thanks to wind and blowing dust.

A dispatcher at the Sherman County Sheriff's Department said Kansas Highway 36 was closed through Cheyenne County and Kansas Highway 27 was closed north of Goodland. The dust was reducing visibility to zero in places, the dispatcher said, quoting radio reports.

Windy conditions were expected to persist through the weekend with northwest gusts up to 35 mph on Saturday.

But the high Saturday will hit 55 and rise to 62 Sunday.

- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/wind-gusts-1-16-14#sthash.MIWKrzKc.dpuf