Sandstorm Causes Mass Accident in Utah: 8 Killed, 10 Injured
At least eight people were killed, including several children, and 10 were injured in a Utah sandstorm that caused a series of car crashes on Sunday, July 25, authorities said. The edition told in more detail People.
Ground and air ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident where 22 vehicles collided. The crashes occurred on a 15-kilometer highway near Fillmore, Utah after strong winds created a sandstorm that obscured drivers' view, according to a press release from the Utah Department of Public Safety.
The report says that five of the eight victims were in one car, and two others were in the second. Another victim was in a separate car. The victims were taken to a local hospital.
“There are cars everywhere. Several cars tried to turn off the road. There are cars that have rolled over on their side, ”said Sergeant Cameron Roden of the Utah Highway Patrol.
According to the report, the highway was partially closed after the incident.
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“I don’t remember such a massive accident, with so many vehicles and so many people killed,” Rodin said.
The Utah Highway Patrol announced the names of the victims on Monday, July 26. The victims of the accident were Courtney Sawyer, 30, Riggins Sawyer, 6, Frankie Sawyer, 2, Race Sawyer, 37, Ryder Sawyer, 12, Richard Lorenzon, 51, Maricela Lorenzon, 47, and Cameron Valentine, 15. writes ABC News.
“We are stunned and saddened by the horrific incidents in Millard County,” Utah Governor Spencer Cox tweeted. “We pray for the loved ones of the victims and for those who are fighting for their lives.”
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