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Northern Nevada sandstorm blamed in 26-vehicle pileup that killed 1 person and injured others

A sandstorm in Northern Nevada caused a 26-vehicle pileup that killed one person and seriously injured two others.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Stewart says others had minor injuries in the crash that happened about 6 p.m. Monday on Interstate 80 about 160 miles northeast of Reno.

Images from the scene showed crunched-up vehicles, at least one overturned SUV and damaged semitrailers with their loads spilling onto the road.

Traffic was diverted through Winnemucca while officials cleaned up the scene.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the injured were being treated at a Winnemucca hospital.