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Blowing dust was blamed for causing a crash involving more than 20 vehicles that killed one person and closed part of Interstate 80 in central Nebraska on Sunday afternoon.

The crash occurred at about 5:15 p.m.

Fifteen people were transported to area hospitals, authorities said. Eight were transported to Aurora, six were taken to York and one person was transported by helicopter to Bryan West Campus in Lincoln.

Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas confirmed that one person died. There was no information immediately available on the the extent of other injuries.

The patrol said equipment was used to free several of the injured.

At 6 p.m., the travel website, Nebraska 511, reported that I-80 was closed from Exit 332 (Aurora) to Exit 360 (Waco). By late Sunday evening, all lanes had reopened to traffic.

Visibility was considered poor in other areas of the state due to the gusty winds.

The Grand Island airport reported a wind gust of 58 mph at 4:17 p.m.

Gusty winds are expected again Monday across eastern Nebraska.

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