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Two crashes in dust storm

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March 21, 2018

POLICE are warning locals to drive cautiously after dust storms caused a three-car pile-up and a car-motorbike collision on the Midland Highway near Elmore on Sunday.

POLICE are warning locals to drive cautiously after dust storms caused a three-car pile-up and a car-motorbike collision on the Midland Highway near Elmore on Sunday.

The crashes occurred between 10am and 2pm and were caused by limited visibility due to massive winds whipping up dust off ploughed fields.

Elmore police station’s Leading Senior Constable Darren Scherger, who attended the motorbike accident, said the dust storm caused dangerous driving conditions.

‘‘We couldn’t even see the lights of the police car which was parked 20m away from where we were standing,’’ he said.

‘‘And driving on the roads, we couldn’t see 10m ahead of us.

‘‘We intercepted one car which overtook a vehicle and a caravan through the dust storm and gave him a $380 fine and took three demerit points off of him for careless driving.

‘‘In situations like this, it’s crucial for people to slow down as they drive. It’s ridiculous, people could barely see in front of them on the road and were still driving at 80-100kmh.’’

Leading Snr Constable Scherger reiterated that road users are required to slow down to 40kmh when driving past emergency zones.

‘‘We’ve had ongoing issues with people still driving past incidents at high speeds,’’ he said.

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