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High winds wreak havoc on South Plains

Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph created problems for drivers across the South Plains Monday.

Ray Goode, a truck driver for Hoffman Transport Company in Amarillo, was trapped in his freightliner after it blew over on I-27 and CR 5800 around 1 p.m. DPS officials say Goode, 60, was talking with EMS as emergency crews used the Jaws of Life to get him out of the vehicle. He was taken to UMC with non-life threatening injuries. DPS says traffic was diverted off of I-27 for several hours as they cleared the scene.

There was also a travel trailer that blew over in Hockley County on FM 2130 just south of the Citizen's Gin. Hockley County Sheriff's Office says there were no injuries in this accident.

Around 2:30p.m. DPS and Hall County Sheriff's Office reported an 11 vehicle pile up near Memphis, TX on Highway 287. That's about 100 miles north east of Plainview. DPS reported five semi trucks, two vans and four passenger vehicles were involved. Low visibility is the main cause of the accident, and traffic was backed for about 50 miles. Four people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A red flag warning indicating high fire danger remains in effect until 8 p.m. Monday for the South Plains, extreme southern Panhandle, and Rolling Plains. A combination of very strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create conditions favorable for rapidly spreading wind-driven wildfires.

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