At least seven people were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash near Kanosh on Sunday, as drivers were blinded by a sandstorm.
The Utah Highway Patrol reported that several people were taken to area hospitals Sunday in critical condition after the series of crashes — which involved at least 20 vehicles.
The collisions happened about 4:30 p.m. on Interstate 15 near milepost 152, between the Meadow and Kanosh exits in Millard County, about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City.
The crashes happened, UHP officials said, when high winds kicked up sand or dust, which impaired drivers’ visibility on the highway.
Traffic was halted in the southbound side of the interstate; on Sunday evening, UHP reported it expected to keep the lanes closed for several hours while it investigated the accident. Motorists diverted at the Meadow exit into Meadow and south on State Route 133 into Kanosh. Traffic was getting back onto I-15 at the Kanosh onramp.
In a tweet posted Sunday night, Gov. Spencer Cox said he was “stunned and saddened” by the crashes. “We fervently pray for the loved ones of those who perished and for those fighting for their lives,” Cox tweeted.
This is a developing story, and will be updated Monday morning.
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