Eight people were killed, including four children, in a 22-car highway pileup in Utah during a sandstorm.
A sandstorm triggered a 22-vehicle pileup on a Utah highway, killing eight people, four of whom were children.
The Sunday afternoon crashes on Interstate 15 near Kanosh occurred at the conclusion of a state holiday weekend, which frequently results in increased highway traffic.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, at least ten people were taken to hospitals, including three in critical condition.
Ambulances on the ground and in the air were used to transport crash victims.
According to the highway patrol, the pileup occurred during a period of high winds that created a dust or sandstorm that reduced visibility.
According to a news release, five of the eight people killed were in one vehicle, while two others were in another. Another person was killed in a third vehicle.
“We have vehicles strewn about. Numerous vehicles attempted to veer off the roadway. Highway Patrol Sgt. Cameron Rhoden told KUTV in Salt Lake City, "We have vehicles that are flipped on their sides."
“One of the vehicles was towing a trailer; the trailer has been largely destroyed and is parked on the freeway.”
Kanosh is approximately 260 kilometers (155 miles) south of Salt Lake City.
Sunday's roadways were congested with drivers returning home after a long weekend spent commemorating Utah's history and the settlers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who trekked west in search of religious freedom.