A dust storm was blamed for a chain collision of 25 vehicles including a bus and eight big trucks Friday that killed three people, injured at least 17 and closed Interstate 10, officials said.

The accident, two miles east of the town of Bowie, was started by a driver who stopped in the eastbound lanes of the highway when he was blinded by dust carried from a newly plowed field by winds gusting to more than 50 mph, Dick Pittman of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.That vehicle was not hit, but it started the chain-reaction collision as other vehicles braked, Pittman said. He said the driver left the scene.

Two of the dead were in a semitrailer truck, Pittman said. He said he could give no details about the third person killed.