Emergency respondes work to ensure all those involved in Sunday's pileup i mile east of Tyrone, Okla., are taken care of. One person had to be extricated from a vehicle, was was doing fine, according to authorities Sunday night. L&T photo/Chris Linenbroker
Dust storm cause of massive pileup on U.S. Hwy. 54 near Tyrone, Okla.
By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Leader & Times
Low visibility caused by Sunday’s dust storm was believed to be the factor behind a vehicle pileup on U.S. Highway 54 just east of Tyrone, Okla.
There were no fatalities or major injuries, according to a statement released Sunday night by Tyrone Fire Department Chief Anthony Adams.
“One victim was extricated from a vehicle as well as four horses from a horse trailer,” Adams noted. “The extrication victim is believed to be fine at this time, all other victims suffered minor injuries or no injuries. One horse had a minor injury, and the other three appeared to be fine.”
When the first call came in at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, the reporting party thought at least six vehicles had been involved, but Adams noted upon arrival by emergency responder, they discovered a dozen vehicles had been ensnared in the incident.
The accident occurred about 9 miles west of Liberal and 1 mile east of Tyrone, and the dirt storm that enveloped the area Sunday was a factor, according to Adams.
“Blowing dust and severe winds kept visibility to five feet at times while area responders worked to clear the accident,” he said, adding 10 fire units, four ambulances and numerous law enforcement units responded to the scene, including Seward County EMS Fire Rescue and Tyrone Fire Rescue along with Hooker, Okla., Fire and EMS.
He also confirmed it was a little more than four hours before the highway reopened to traffic.