Officials said that several people seriously injured have been admitted to the hospital. The Utah Highway Patrol reported that the vehicles collided with each other due to low visibility levels due to the sandstorm. Interstate 15 remained partially closed late Sunday night. Traffic was diverted around the crash site. Kanosh is located about 160 miles south of Salt Lake City. Officials did not say how many people were injured in the incident, but did indicate that the number of injured could rise.
The Utah Public Service Department (DPS) said it appears that 20 vehicles were involved in Sunday’s accidents. Strong winds caused sand or dust storms and reduced visibility on the road, causing the accident. The Utah Highway Patrol has called in troops from Richfield and Beavers to assist. Many ground and air ambulances have also helped the victims of the accident. Pictures from the crash site showed several tractor trailers and several damaged vehicles scattered on the road, with debris scattered for several yards.
Officials said that at present the roads on both sides have been closed. CNN meteorologist Jean Norman said a strong thunderstorm was reported southeast of Kanosh around 4:30 p.m. Simultaneously, strong winds started blowing. Wind speed reaching 51 mph was also reported. It has been said that the names of the victims will not be released until 24 hours after their families are informed. Kanosh is approximately 155 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.