LANCASTER, Calif. -- The California Highway Patrol says a sandstorm north of Los Angeles led to several car wrecks that injured six people and forced a freeway shutdown
Officer Jerry Nelson says the sandstorm kicked up at on the Antelope Valley Freeway at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Officers at first accompanied cars through the dust cloud, but soon had to shut down the entire freeway in both directions for about four hours.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department took five people to the hospital with minor-to-moderate injuries. A sixth person was treated at the scene.
Fire officials say visibility in the area was less than 6 feet at times.