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U.S. 491, Navajo Route 9 closed due to no visibility and multiple vehicle accident

U.S. 491, Navajo Route 9 closed due to no visibility and multiple vehicle accident


Navajo Police temporarily shut down Navajo Route 9 from Twin Lakes to Crownpoint because of high winds, blowing dust, and reduced visibility.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Shawn Martin said a multiple vehicle accident occurred near the Mexican Springs, N.M., turnoff on U.S. Highway 491.

U.S. Highway 491 reopened Friday afternoon after being closed for at least an hour, despite blowing dust continuing to create hazardous driving conditions.

The National Weather Service in Bellemont, Ariz., warned of high wind in eastern Arizona and a wind advisory for much of northern Arizona.

Strong southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with a gust to near 45 much of northern Arizona, including near the Tunnel Fire burning east of the San Francisco Peaks.

Wind gusts in the 50-60 mph range are possible across the eastern areas.

Martin said Navajo Police had requested their assistance in responding to the multiple vehicle accident.

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Donovan Quintero

"Dii, Diné bi Naaltsoos wolyéhíígíí, ninaaltsoos át'é. Nihi cheii dóó nihi másání ádaaní: Nihi Diné Bizaad bił ninhi't'eelyá áádóó t'áá háadida nihizaad nihił ch'aawóle'lágo. Nihi bee haz'áanii at'é, nihisin at'é, nihi hózhǫ́ǫ́jí at'é, nihi 'ach'ą́ą́h naagééh at'é. Dilkǫǫho saad bee yájíłti', k'ídahoneezláo saad bee yájíłti', ą́ą́ chánahgo saad bee yájíłti', diits'a'go saad bee yájíłti', nabik'íyájíłti' baa yájíłti', bich'į' yájíłti', hach'į' yándaałti', diné k'ehgo bik'izhdiitįįh. This is the belief I do my best to follow when I am writing Diné-related stories and photographing our events, games and news. Ahxéhee', shik'éí dóó shidine'é." - Donovan Quintero, an award-winning Diné journalist, served as a photographer, reporter and as assistant editor of the Navajo Times until March 17, 2023.


Weather & Road Conditions

Window Rock Weather


54.0 F (12.2 C)
Dewpoint: 17.1 F (-8.3 C)
Humidity: 23%
Wind: South at 5.8 MPH (5 KT)
Pressure: 30.10

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