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Old 10-30-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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Terrible accident on I 10

near Casa Grande AZ.

3 dead. Dust caused.

Rig look familiar?
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What is the correct procedure if caught in a sudden dust storm?
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Terrible. My prayers for the deceased and I hope the RV'ers were not part of the 3.
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Dust storm triggers deadly 19-vehicle pileup in Arizona; 3 killed, 12 hurt - U.S. News
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That's just terrible. Our thoughts and prayers go to the deceased and injured.
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What is the correct procedure if caught in a sudden dust storm?
Pull off the road shut off all lights (so others don't follow you thinking you are still moving) Pray
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:46 AM   #7
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That is absolutely horrible. My 2nd test wife was from Casa Grande. It's a nice area but there is a lot of open desert on that stretch of road that could wreak havoc and it looks like it did. Very sad and my condolences also to everyone involved.
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Pull off the road shut off all lights (so others don't follow you thinking you are still moving) Pray
Just to expand a little on this....

If caught in fog or dust, pull as far as you can off the roadway. Then..and THIS IS CRUCIAL.. Turn off all your headlights and running lights and take your foot off the brake. Turn off your engine. Make yourself invisible to other drivers. The danger is that another driver on the highway will see your lights and think you are on the road, try to follow and then will plow right into you.

Many people wonder why you should shut off your engine? The reason is that many vehicles have running lights of some kind when the engine or just the key is on.
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What about leaving the flashers on as that should let following drivers know that you are in trouble.

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I would add to that, get out of the vehicle and run away like hell.
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What about leaving the flashers on as that should let following drivers know that you are in trouble.

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I wouldn't! It's common for people to drive in sand storms with flashers on. The idea in moving off the road and going totally dark is for you to disappear from the sight of others on the pavement. People driving in reduced visibility are focused ahead looking for something to follow like the lights of the car in front. Pull off the road and leave your blinkers on and some driver will drift off the road and run right into you. Think about it. If you were driving in reduced visibility following the road and somebody had pulled off the road ahead and turned off all their lights, what is the likely hood you would know they are there? You would drive right by them while you try to see what's in front of you.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:31 AM   #12
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How terrible, seems like a whiteout only with sand...

My prayers out to all involved ...
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Ironically, we came through (going west) I-10 between Tucson and Casa Grande that very morning around 10am. The weather was perfect....without even a breeze. We stopped in Casa Grande and had breakfast at the Crackle Barrel. I couldn't find the "time" of this accident, but if it happened earlier than when we came through, I didn't see any evidence of it. Must have happened afterwards.
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What a nightmare. Condolences to the family's of the deceased. No one deserves a tragedy like that....
You are absolutely right about pulling off as far as you can and switching all lights off... Stay safe everyone as you are travelling south..God Bless.
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