At least seven people were killed and several more seriously injured Sunday due to powerful winds from a sandstorm on an interstate highway in Utah, causing a chain traffic accident, according to authorities.
The accident happened on Interstate 15 around 4:30 p.m. in Millard County, about two hours south of Salt Lake City, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
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About 20 cars and trucks were involvedsaid the department and added that several people were transferred to different hospitals in critical condition.
The images published by the department showed what appeared to be the remains of a car under a trailer and a car that had been partially cut up by another 18-wheeler.
“No one could see, so people started to stop, and then there is a chain reaction, “Police Officer Andrew Battenfield, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said late Sunday. al periódico The New York Times.
“We don’t even know for sure how many were hospitalized, so big was this accident”Battenfield said.
The officer specified that a “micro gust of wind in an area that did not have much vegetation “was what caused the accident. The Highway Patrol said in a statement that the highway would be closed in the area for a” significant time.
The governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, regretted what happened on his Twitter account. “We are stunned and saddened by the horrible accidents in Millard County. We fervently pray for the loved ones of those who perished and for those who are fighting for their lives ”, wrote.