Eight people, including four children, were killed in a 22-vehicle pileup during a sandstorm on Interstate 15 near the town of Kanosh, Utah on Sunday, officials said Monday. At least 10 people were taken to hospitals, including three in critical condition, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The "series of crashes" happened just before 5 p.m. Multiple ground and air ambulances were dispatched to transport crash victims for medical treatment.
Five of the eight people killed in the crash were in one vehicle. Two others who lost their lives were in another vehicle and one fatality was from a third vehicle, officials said. Four of the victims were adults and four were children under the age of 15.
"I can't remember in recent memory of (a crash) being this large, with this many vehicles and this many fatalities," Highway Patrol Sergeant Cameron Rhoden told CBS affiliate KUTV.
"We have vehicles all over. Several vehicles tried to swerve off the roadway. We have vehicles that are flipped up on their sides," he added. "One of the vehicles that was pulling a trailer, the trailer has pretty much completely been destroyed and is on the freeway."
I-15 was partially shut down late Sunday. Traffic was rerouted around the crash site.
Kanosh is about 160 miles south of Salt Lake City.