Eight people died, including four minors, this Sunday in a multiple accident on Interstate 15 in Kanosh, Utah (USA), caused by a large sandstorm, according to authorities. At least 10 people were taken to hospitals, including three in critical condition, according to Utah police. Ground and air ambulances were deployed to transport the accident victims.
The chain crash occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust storm that reduced visibility, the highway patrol said. Five of the eight people killed were in one vehicle, while two others were in another vehicle, according to a press release. Another death was in a third vehicle.
Race Sawyer, 37, of Lehi, was driving alongside his 12-year-old son Ryder, his sister-in-law Kortni Sawyer, 30, of St. George, and Sawyer’s 2-year-old children. Franki and Riggins, 6 years old. In a second car, Richard Lorenzon, 51, was driving his wife Maricela Lorenzon, 47. They were both from Salt Lake City. A passenger in another car, Cameron Valentine, 15, of Yuma, Arizona, also died, police said.
We have vehicles everywhere. Some tried to get off the road. Others turned around or were left on their side “
“We have vehicles everywhere. Several tried to get off the road. Others turned around or were sidelined, ”Sergeant Cameron Rhoden told KUTV in Salt Lake City. He added that “one of the cars involved was pulling a trailer that has been totally destroyed and in the middle of the highway.” I-15 remained partially closed Sunday night. Traffic was redirected around the crash site.
Kanosh is located about 160 miles (258 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City. The roads on Sunday were packed with drivers heading home after a long weekend to celebrate the Utah state holiday and settlers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who traveled west in seeking religious freedom.