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Deadly corridor for dust storms at Picacho Peak

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Arizona's deadliest corridor for dust storms is a two-mile stretch of highway about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix.


The area near Picacho Peak has had more than 50 vehicle crashes since 2000, resulting in at least eight deaths.

Three people died in a 19-car pileup on Oct. 29 when a dust storm popped up without warning.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that its analysis of state data shows the danger is most acute at mileposts 214 and 213.

The problem is caused by former farmland that has slowly returned to desert and has little in the way of shrubs or grass to catch blowing dirt.

Authorities say a sudden gust can stir up a dust cloud that completely obscures vehicles.

On Saturday, forecasters warned of gusty winds across parts of southern Arizona.

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