Dust storm in the northern USA yesterday Monday caused a huge pile-up on a highway with at least six people to lose their livesand thirty others were injured, the authorities announced.

Photos and videos from the scene of the disaster show car wrecks, including trucks, billowing smoke, piled on top of each other, cars stopped on the grass by the side of the road, lying on their sides, overturned, the atmosphere still full of dust and smoke and very low visibility.

Six people were killed and “more than 30” were taken to hospitals, Illinois police said.

The tragedy unfolded yesterday around 11:00 (local time) on the highway that connects the megacities of St. Louis and Chicago. Cars collided for about three kilometers in both directions of the highway near the community of Farmersville as the dust blinded drivers.

The injured are aged from 2 to 80 years old and the condition of several of them is considered serious.

“Approximately 30 public utility trucks and 40 to 60 cars” collided, including two semi-trailers that “caught fire,” police said.

The pileup was due to “strong winds that carried dust from fields onto the highway, obliterating visibility,” he said.

In July 2021, eight people died in a tornado caused by a windstorm in Utah, in the western United States.