Dust storm leads to fatal 25-car pileup near Ariz., NM border

PHOTO: Authorities respond to a fatal 25-car pileup that occurred near the border of Arizona and New Mexico. PlayKVIA
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Several people were killed in a massive pileup near the border of Arizona and New Mexico on Monday, according to authorities, who attributed the crashes in part to a dust storm.

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The New Mexico State Police Department said 25 vehicles — 18 commercial motor vehicles and seven passengers vehicles — were involved in the crash, resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries, ABC affiliate KVIA reported.

The department did not provide the exact number of deaths and injuries.

Officials with the New Mexico State police said the collisions stemmed from a dust storm that brought high winds and limited visibility to the area.

The crashes happened on Interstate 10 West. The highway is closed for about 60 miles, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.