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Aug 26, 2011 2:59 AM

Dust storm causes fatal 10-car pileup

RED ROCK - A young child is killed in a fiery, multi-vehicle crash along I-10

It happened around 6:00 Thursday evening in the westbound lane of I-10 near Red Rock.

Ten cars were involved in a huge pile up. There was one fatality, two people in critical condition, one in serious and whole lot of minor injuries all caused by a massive dust storm.

Nathan DeWitt was driving one of the ten cars in the accident. He said, "What I saw was a car in front of me that had already got hit. Then I hit them going about 55 mph. When I got out of my car there was another car in the median with flames shooting up already.

A flaming car that a young child never made it out of, trapped in his or her own car seat.

Firefighters deal with fatalities all the time but they said this one is as bad as it gets.

Patrick Calhoun with the Avra Valley Fire District said, "Anytime there's a small child involved it's going to affect firefighters and first responders very deeply."

But firefighters weren't the only ones hurt by this. Those involved in the crash first had to deal with their own issues, then only to find out later about the fatality.

DeWitt said, "You don't think that's going to happen to kids. You don't wake up thinking is this going to be my last day? It's hard to think about it, I'm trying not to right now. It's sad for the family, it's sad for everybody."

Firefighters said they're already planning to have therapists on hand to help people deal with the tragic scene.

The crash is of course still under investigation and we're hoping to have new information, possibly the name and exact age of the child sometime in the near future.

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