Wind-driven dust storms plague Kansas drivers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas highway officials are offering tips for motorists confronting dust storms and blowing smoke as high winds continued blowing across western and central areas Tuesday.

Several collisions, one of them fatal, occurred Monday amid a dust storm on U.S. 65 near Great Bend. And a dozen vehicles were involved Sunday in accidents on U.S. 54 south of Liberal as dust reduced visibility to near zero.

The Kansas Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid driving through dust storms and smoke from spring burning when possible. If that’s not possible, the agency says to pull off the road as far and as quickly as possible.

Once off the road, KDOT says drivers should turn off all lights. That’s because other drivers may mistakenly use a stopped vehicle’s lights as a guide.

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