AKRON, Colo. - A wind-driven dust storm closed eastbound Interstate 70 and U.S. 34 for hours Thursday.
Poor visibility on the dust-shrouded roads caused multiple accidents on U.S. 34 near Akron, and CDOT closed the highway in both directions at 11:27 a.m. Eastbound remained closed for 10 hours, until at 9:30 p.m.
I-70 was back open by about 4:25 p.m.
Additionally, the Kansas Department of Transportation shut down Interstate 70 from Colby to the Colorado border at mid-afternoon Thursday. Sections of Kansas 27 and U.S. Highways 36 and 83 in Sherman, Cheyenne, Rawlins, Thomas and Sheridan counties were also closed.
Authorities in Cheyenne County reported the wind caused a tractor-trailer to roll over on U.S. 36 west of St. Francis.
Earlier, 7NEWS photojournalist Major King tweeted photos showing dust limiting visibility on US 34 to less than 100 feet. His pictures also showed accidents including cars, pickup trucks and tractor trailers.
Meteorologist Kirsten Horne reported wind gusts reached:
51 mph in Burlington
48 mph in Akron
47 mph in Holyoke
-- Kansas Highways Reopen --