The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) has confirmed that multiple fatalities occurred during a Sunday evening pileup crash in Millard County.
The pileup occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, on I-15 near mile marker 152, between the Meadow and Kanosh exits.
This was the chilling scene on I-15 south of Fillmore after a sandstorm caused a 20-car pileup that killed at least six people and critically injured several others. [Video: Kym Woodward] pic.twitter.com/C8goHtF4fw
— KUTV2news (@KUTV2News) July 26, 2021
According to UHP, high winds caused a dust or sandstorm which led to reduced visibility on the roadway and triggered a 22 vehicle pileup crash.
Authorities say that seven people, “including some children,” perished in the pileup.
Five of the seven people killed were traveling together in one vehicle. The other two were traveling together in another vehicle.
At least 10 other people suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital. Three people are listed in critical condition.
Video from I-15 this afternoon, near where a 20+ vehicle pileup happened in Millard County, shows how hard it was to see during the dust storm that passed through the area.
— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) July 26, 2021
UHP’s Colonel Rapich said, “This was a tragic and horrible crash. While we morn those who lost their lives in this incident I am amazed with the response of our Troopers, Sheriffs Office, EMS, Fire and the incredible volunteers from communities across Millard County.”
Utah Governor Spencer Cox tweeted, “We’re stunned and saddened by the horrific accidents in Millard County. We fervently pray for the loved ones of those who perished and for those fighting for their lives.”