Rush-Hour Sandstorm Causes 20-Car Pileup in Lancaster - NBC 7 San Diego

Rush-Hour Sandstorm Causes 20-Car Pileup in Lancaster



    Rush-Hour Sandstorm Causes 20-Car Pileup

    The Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Lancaster came to a halt Tuesday when 60 mph winds kicked up a massive sandstorm. Six people were hurt in two separate pile-ups blamed on the sandstorm. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 28, 2013. (Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013)

    Wind gusts up to 60 mph kicked up a massive sandstorm in Lancaster Tuesday forcing the hours-long closure of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, where at least two massive pile-ups occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Both sides of the 14 Freeway were closed between Avenue A and Avenue D. The shutdown began about 4:45 p.m. and ended shortly after 8 p.m.

    At least six people were hurt in two separate pile-ups -- one involving 20 vehicles, the other involving five vehicles -- that were blamed on the sandstorm, CHP said.

    “It’s kind of nerve-racking because it’ll blow your car over a little bit," driver Megan Lecornu said. "So I just got all the way over into the far right lane, so if I do go over, I’m going into the side instead."

    An NBC4 viewer snapped a photo, pictured below, of the 14 Freeway backup and the low visibility caused by the sand storm.

    The Avenue D overpass remained closed at 11:30 p.m. while investigators probed a crash involving a white car that went under a big rig. That crash happened about 8 p.m., just as the winds were slowing. CHP officials said they do not believe this crash was related to the visibility-depleting sandstorm.

    City News Service contributed to this report.