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    Six people were killed and several injured after a dust storm fueled by 60 mph wind gusts caused a massive 21-vehicle pileup on a Montana highway.<br>Fifteen cars and six semi-trucks crashed into one another Friday evening on Interstate 90 near Hardin.<br>Preliminary investigation revealed the high-speed winds, which created dust storm and near blackout conditions, is the likely cause of the mass causality crash.<br>Video from the scene shows reduced visibility amid the dust storm and several vehicles jammed underneath each other. <br>Traffic was at a standstill for hours while officials tried to clear the wreckage.<br> Six people were killed and several injured after a dust stormed fueled by 60 mph wind gusts caused a massive 21-vehicle pileup on a Montana highway<br> Fifteen cars and six semi-trucks crashed into one another Friday evening on Interstate 90 near Hardin, Montana.  Preliminary investigation revealed the high-speed winds, which created dust storm and near blackout conditions, caused the mass causality crash<br> While the highway patrol did not have an immediate count of the number of injuries, officials revealed additional ambulances had to be called in from Billings to help<br> Montana Gov.

    Greg Gianforte took to Twitter late Friday to say he was ‘deeply saddened by the news of a mass casualty crash near Hardin'<br>The wreck occurred just before 4.30pm Friday about 3 miles west of Hardin after afternoon thunderstorms produced surging winds.<br>’It appears as though there was heavy winds, causing a dust storm with zero visibility,’ Montana Highway Patrol Sgt.

    Jay Nelson said. <br>Video from The Billings Gazette showed hundreds of tractor-trailers, campers and cars backed up for miles along the two eastbound lanes of the interstate until at least 9pm.<br>Initial reports revealed at least six fatalities as a result of the crash. <br>While the highway patrol did not have an immediate count of the number of injuries, KHQ reported that additional ambulances had to be called in from Billings to help. <br>Montana Gov.

    Greg Gianforte took to Twitter late Friday to say he was ‘deeply saddened by the news of a mass casualty crash near Hardin.’ <br>’Please join me in prayer to lift up the victims and their loved ones,’ he penned. We’re grateful to our first responders for their service.'<br> The dust storm caused blackout conditions along the highway<br> Video from the scene shows several vehicles jammed underneath each other<br> The wreck occurred just before 4.30pm Friday about 3 miles west of Hardin after afternoon thunderstorms produced surging winds.

    Traffic was at a standstill for hours<br> A man stands along I-90 amid a mass causality car crash on Friday<br> First responders work to clear the wreckage after a 21-car pileup on I-90 in Montana<br>The dust storm’s roots can be traced back several hours, prettyactivity.com when storms popped up in central southern Montana between 1 and 2pm and slowly began moving east, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.<br>Those storms prompted a severe thunderstorm watch that covered Hardin and other parts of Montana from mid-afternoon until 9pm Friday. <br> RELATED ARTICLES

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    Meteorologists forecasted the potential for isolated hail the size of a quarter, scattered wind gusts up to 75 mph (121 kph) and frequent lightning.<br>A so-called ‘outflow’ – or a surge of wind that’s produced by storms but can travel faster than them – flew east/southeast about 30 miles (48 kilometers) ahead of the storms, Nick Vertz, a NWS meteorologist in Billings, said.<br>A 40 mph (64 kph) gust of wind was recorded at the nearby Big Horn County Airport at 4.15pm.

    The crash was reported to the highway patrol at 4.28pm.<br> Heavy winds caused a dust storm with zero visibility. The dust storm’s roots can be traced back several hours, when storms popped up in central southern Montana between 1 and 2pm and slowly began moving east<br> Two cars are shown along I-90 after a dust storm caused a 21-car pileup<br> The side of a fifth wheel camper sits in pieces on Interstate 90 after a fatal pileup on Friday<br> First responders work to clear the interstate after a mass causality crash on Friday<br>By the airport weather station’s next reading at 4.35pm, gusts had picked up to 62 mph (100 kph). <br>Another reading 20 minutes later recorded a gust of 64 mph (103 kph).<br>The wind easily picked up dust – a product of recent temperatures into the 90s and triple digits over the last week – and reduced visibility to less than 1/4 mile (0.4 kilometers).<br>’If they looked up in the sky while they’re in Hardin, they probably didn’t see much of what you’d think of for a thunderstorm cloud, maybe not even much at all,’ Vertz said.

    ‘It was just a surge of wind that kind of appeared out of nowhere.'<br>As first responders attempt to clear the wreckage, the meteorologist said they can expect to be safe from additional winds and thunderstorm activity.<br>’It should be a relatively clear, calm night for them,’ he said.<br>

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