Blowing Dust Caused Multi-Car Accident Near Liberal

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TYRONE, Okla. (KAKE)-- At least 12 vehicles were involved in an pileup accident near Liberal, Kansas.

The accident happened around 1:40 p.m., nine miles southwest of Liberal. It appears that blowing dust limited visibility so severely that it cause vehicles to not see each other until it was too late and they collided. One report states that visibility was less than five feet.

According to Chief Anthony Adams of the Tyrone Fire Department in Oklahoma, six of the vehicles involved were cars and trucks, the other six were tractor trailers.

There were some minor injuries; one woman was pinned in her vehicle and the jaws of life had to be used to get her out. There were also four horses that were stuck in their trailer, of which one was injured.

The accident required Seward County EMS in Kansas and Tyrone Fire Rescue and Hooker Fire & EMS in Oklahoma. It took over four hours to clear the scene and reopen the highway.