7 dead after a Utah sandstorm caused multiple car crashes on a highway

Two cars and a truck on a road, with some damage
A photo from the crash site. Utah Department of Public Safety
  • A sandstorm in Utah caused a series of car crashes on a highway.
  • At least seven people are dead and others injured after around 20 vehicles were involved.
  • Highway Patrol said “high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway.”
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At least seven people have died after a sandstorm caused multiple car crashes on a freeway in Utah.

Around 20 vehicles crashed on Sunday, killing seven people and hospitalizing several more, Utah Highway Patrol said in a statement.

It said the crash happened “after high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway.”

It happened around 4:30 p.m. on Interstate 15 near milepost 152, between the Meadow and Kanosh exits in Millard County, highway patrol said.

Victims have not yet been identified. Traffic diversions have been put in place.