Benchmarks: November 29, 1991: The Interstate 5 dust storm injures hundreds

It was about 2:30 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving and traffic was heavy on Interstate 5, which connects Northern and Southern California. A 31-year-old substitute teacher was traveling southbound on I-5 with her husband, 32, and their two sons, ages 4 and 1. They were a little north of Coalinga, a farming town in the San Joaquin Valley about 250 kilometers south of San Francisco. 
 

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Jay R. Thompson

Thompson (http://jayrthompson.wordpress.com/) is a freelance writer living in Baltimore, Md., where he teaches writing and communication at Johns Hopkins University.
 

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