Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Massive Sandstorm In Lancaster Causes 20-Car Pileup

LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

A huge sandstorm during rush hour Tuesday night in Lancaster resulted in two separate pile-ups as visibility was reduced to zero.

Six people were hurt in crashes blamed on the sandstorm. One of the pile-ups involved 20 cars, NBC reports.

Wind gusts were up to 60 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both sides of the 14 Freeway were closed between Avenue A and Avenue D for several hours.

Support for LAist comes from

“It’s kind of nerve-racking because it’ll blow your car over a little bit," driver Megan Lecornu told NBC. "So I just got all the way over into the far right lane, so if I do go over, I’m going into the side instead."

The Avenue D overpass remained closed last night after a separate crash involving a big rig. Since that accident happened around 8 pm, just as the winds were slowing. CHP officials said they do not believe it was related to the sandstorm.

A wind advisory for the Antelope Valley remains in effect until 9 pm tonight, with winds of 20 to 30 mph forecast and gusts of up to 50 mph expected through early Thursday morning.