UPDATE: DPS: I-10 crashes due to dust, wind north of Picacho Peak


10/29/13 - Authorities say three people are dead and more than a dozen are injured after multiple Interstate 10 crashes north of Picacho Peak were caused by dust and high winds Tuesday afternoon.

Department of Public Safety officials said there were several serious injury collisions on westbound Interstate 10 at milepost 214 involving at least 19 vehicles, including several commercial trucks.

Twelve people were transported to hospitals in both Tucson and Phoenix, including the University of Arizona Medical Center, Banner Good Samaritan and St. Joseph Hospital. Authorities identified one of the victims in the deadly crash as 77-year-old Gordon Lee Smith of Mead, Washington.

 His wife was transported to a nearby hospital after the crash. No word on her condition. The identities of the other victims nor the conditions of those injured have not be released.

Officials shutdown I-10 in both directions because of the crash. Around 8 p.m., the eastbound lanes reopened. The westbound lanes reopened around 10:30 p.m.