Sandstorm Claims Lives

Tuesday, October 16th 2007, 9:15 pm
By: News On 6

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say two people were killed and 16 injured when a blinding sandstorm struck a highway north of Los Angeles on Tuesday.

A Los Angeles County fire official says two of the injured are in critical condition after the crash. The afternoon pileup left at least eight vehicles and four big rigs scattered across the road.

The fire official said the dust cover also made it tough for rescuers to reach
the crash site.

One motorist said that most vehicles came to an "abrupt stop" when the storm hit. He added that some people were speeding and he wasn't sure whether "they made it through or not."

The National Weather Service clocked wind gusts at up to 55 miles per hour. The pileup happened just west of Edwards Air Force Base at the northern edge of Los Angeles County.