The 21st Show

Have we learned anything from last year’s dust storm on Interstate 55?

May 2023 dust storm in Central Illinois.

May 2023 dust storm in Central Illinois. Photo from Illinois State Police X (formerly Twitter) account.

Brian Mackey, the host of the 21st Show, found himself in the middle of a dust storm while driving on Interstate 72. There were no warnings.

Just last week marked the one-year anniversary of a devastating dust storm on Interstate 55. This storm resulted in a massive pile-up involving over 80 vehicles, leading to 8 fatalities and numerous injuries. A year on, we’re left to ponder what lessons we’ve learned from this tragedy.

In today’s show, we’ll examine this topic further, exploring the causes of dust storms, discussing the potential prohibition of tilling, and providing guidance on how to react if you’re ever caught in a dust storm.


Richard “Dick” Lyons

Farmer in Harvel, Illinois Stewardship Alliance Board Member

James Auten

Meteorologist, NWS, Central Illinois