Blowing dust caused 'blackout' conditions on Highway 119, several crashes reported

Highway 119 is open in both directs again after  blowing dust caused zero visibility on the roadway, leading to several crashes.

The California Highway Patrol haf several reports of vehicle accidents on Highway 119 from the intersection with Highway 43 and to the east and just after 5 p.m. the CHP was turning westbound traffic around west of Buena Vista Road.

Traffic in both directs was halted a few minutes later, but the roadway was open again by 7 p.m.

In Taft, a tree blown into a power line in the 400 block of San Emidio Street has apparently knocked out power to at least one residence.

The biggest problems were to the east.

Three accidents were reported to the CHP in a 30 minute span starting just before 4:30 p.m., including two near the I-5 overpass on Highway 119 and one at Highway 43 Highway 119.

Near blackout conditions from dust were reported at the scene of the crash on Enos lane and there were unconfirmed reports of multiple vehicles involved.

Several patients were reported at the Shell station.

Firefighters from Old River responding to the Enos Lane crash reported the same blackout conditions east of I-5.

City Councilman Orchel Krier said just after 5 p.m. that westbound vehicles were being turned around east of I-5.

A wind advisory is in effect for the mountain areas but at 5:30 p.m. the National Weather Service has wind watches or warnings for the area.