FLAGSTAFF -- A section of Interstate 40 in northern Arizona was reopened Monday night after being closed for several hours due to high winds and blowing dust.
Arizona Department of Transportation officials say the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-40 were closed Monday afternoon from the Meteor Crater Rest Area (milepost 235) to Winslow (milepost 252).
ADOT says the closure was done as a safety precaution because of visibility issues for drivers in the area.
Authorities reported several weather-related accidents including one that involved six vehicles. They say five people were transported to Little Colorado Medical Center with what were described as moderate injuries.
The lanes were reopened when the winds died down by nightfall.