At least eight people were killed, and several others were injured after a sandstorm blinded Utah drivers, causing a massive pileup over the weekend.
High winds caused the sandstorm that impaired visibility in Millard County around 4:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, the Utah Highway Patrol said in an update. They said that "some children" were among the dead.
Ten people were transported to the hospital and at least three of them were in critical condition. Five of the people who died were traveling together, two others were traveling together, and there was one other fatality was from a third vehicle.
“No one could see, so people started stopping, and then you just get a chain reaction,” trooper Andrew Battenfield, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said late Sunday night, according to the New York Times. “Nobody could see, and then all of a sudden, you’re slamming into a car.”
“It’s just a horrific situation,” he added.
Officials did not identify the names of any of the deceased.
“We don’t even know how many for sure were hospitalized. This is how big of a crash it was,” Battenfield said. “A lot of them are in critical condition.”
Shortly before the pileup happened, the local National Weather Service office noted that dust and dirt were “being kicked up from a strong thunderstorm near Parowan."
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