FIVE people died Friday night after a pile-up on a freeway in Hardin, Montana, authorities said.
About 20 vehicles collided on Interstate 90, said Sgt. Jay Nelson of the Montana Highway Patrol.
Authorities believe the weather may have played a role in the crash.
“It looks like there were strong winds that caused a dust storm with no visibility,” Nelson said.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte released a statement on Twitter after the crash.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of a mass casualty accident near Hardin. Please join me in prayer to lift up the victims and their families.
“We are grateful to our first responders for their service.”
It’s not known how many people were injured, Nelson said, but additional ambulances had to be called to the scene.
“As we got closer into the dust storm, you could see the vehicles in the ditch,” motorist Linda Uffelman told KTVQ.
“There was a camper van, the whole side of it was blown off, the roof was gone. Vehicle fronts were smashed in.”
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Hardin, Montana Mass Accident – “At least five dead” in crash on I-90 after 20 cars collide in pile-up