September 25, 2021

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Dust storm in Utah causes series of crashes on I-15, at least 7 dead – Fox News

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Authorities in Utah responded Sunday to a series of crashes involving about 20 vehicles on Interstate 15 during a massive dust storm that resulted in at least seven deaths.

Fox13Now.com, citing Utah Highway Patrol, reported that strong winds prompted a massive dust storm in the early evening between Kanosh and Meadow. The report said that several others were rushed to nearby hospitals in critical condition. The station posted a video of the dust storm and its impact on visibility.

“No one could see, so people started stopping, and then you just get a chain reaction. Nobody could see, and then all of a sudden, you’re slamming into a car. It’s just a horrific situation,” Andrew Battenfield, a trooper, said at a press conference, according to the New York Times. He said the actual number of those hospitalize is unclear, which underscored the size of the cash scene.

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Gov. Spencer Cox took to Twitter to say he was “stunned and saddened by the horrific accidents.”

Highway patrol closed down parts of the I-15 and called the scene “active.”

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