At least seven dead after severe sandstorm causes 20-car pileup

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At least seven people were killed in a 20-vehicle pileup crash during a sandstorm Sunday afternoon, Utah Highway Patrol said.

The crashes happened on Interstate 15 near the town of Kanosh, US, according to a news release. 

Several people were reportedly taken to hospitals in critical condition. 

This photo provided by the Utah Highway Patrol and posted on the Utah Department of Public Safety website shows the scene of the fatal pileup. Source: Utah Highway Patrol via AP
Several other people were reportedly rushed to hospitals in critical condition. Source: Utah Highway Patrol via AP

Ground and air ambulances were used to transport crash victims.

The pileup occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust or sandstorm which reduced visibility, the highway patrol said.

I-15 remained partially shut down late Sunday. Traffic was redirected around the crash site.

Kanosh is located about 258 kilometres south of Salt Lake City.

Several of the vehicles involved in the fatal pileup. Source: Utah Highway Patrol via AP
The pileup occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust or sandstorm which reduced visibility, the highway patrol said. Source: Utah Highway Patrol via AP

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