Story at a glance
- Seven people died in a series of crashes after high winds caused a sandstorm on a Utah highway.
- At least 20 vehicles were involved in the wrecks.
- Several people were taken to hospitals in serious condition, authorities said.
Seven people died in crashes involving at least 20 vehicles on a Utah highway on Sunday after a sandstorm obstructed driver visibility, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Authorities said several people were taken to hospitals in serious condition due to “ a series of crashes” that occurred around 4:30 p.m. The storm was created by strong winds in the area, according to the department.
“The Utah Highway Patrol summoned troopers from Richfield and Beaver to assist,” the statement read. “Multiple ground and air ambulances also responded to transport victims.”
The highway was reportedly closed in both directions for several hours.
“We’re stunned and saddened by the horrific accidents in Millard County,” Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) said in a statement on Twitter.
We’re stunned and saddened by the horrific accidents in Millard County. We fervently pray for the loved ones of those who perished and for those fighting for their lives.https://t.co/yGalbS0gRK— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) July 26, 2021
The department said in the release it will wait at least 24 hours before releasing the names of victims so they can notify the next of kin.
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