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Sandstorm in Utah results in 7 dead and several injured in motorway

08:50, 26 July 2021
Sandstorm in Utah results in 7 dead and several injured in motorway Photo: pixabay.com

Authorities in Utah reported several injured and seven people died on a motorway due to a sand or dust storm triggered visibility issues that led to a large car accident involving 20 vehicles on Sunday evening.


The crashes took place on I-15 near Kanosh, around 5 pm, according to the Utah Department of Public Service.

“It appears that 20 vehicles were involved in Sunday’s crashes after high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway. The Utah Highway Patrol summoned troopers from Richfield and Beaver to assist, Multiple ground and air ambulances also responded to transport victims”, according to the officials.

The photos show multiple vehicles, including trucks are damaged and debris spread all around the road.

The Department of Public Service suspended the traffic in both directions.

A strong thunderstorm was reported southeast of Kanosh at around 4:30 pm with a wind velocity of 51-mph, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.
The names of the victims are not yet known, and will not be until 24 hours after families of suffered have been noticed, officials said.