7 dead in Utah after sandstorm causes series of car crashes

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Seven people are dead in Utah after a sandstorm caused a series of car crashes Sunday, consistent with the Utah Highway Patrol. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. civil time on Interstate 15 in Millard County and involved a minimum of 20 vehicles. Several people are transported to local hospitals in critical condition following the pileup, authorities said. Highway Patrol said no names of victims are going to be released until 24 hours after notifications are made to next of kin.

“We’re stunned and saddened by the horrific accidents in Millard County,” Utah Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted. “We fervently pray for the loved ones of those who perished and for those fighting for his or her lives.” Officials said winds caused sand or duster and severely impaired visibility on the roadway, which led to the crash.

“It’s very tragic, it’s very hard to ascertain the loss of life, and therefore the families and the people affected,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cameron Roden told ABC News Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX. “There are still many crews out here, on-scene, still actively working the scene. I-15 remains closed and can be a minimum of for a few more hours.”

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