Sandstorm causes massive crash, leaves 7 dead and several injured

A sandstorm caused a massive crash in Utah. At least seven people were killed in the shocking crash due to the sandstorm. Other victims a...

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  • A sandstorm caused a massive crash in Utah.
  • At least seven people were killed in the shocking crash due to the sandstorm.
  • Other victims are seriously injured, according to authorities.

A sandstorm caused a dramatic mass crash that killed seven people and seriously injured seven more in Utah on Sunday, authorities said.

The newspapers The Sun and ABC News reported on Sunday and early Monday morning, respectively, that a sandstorm caused a devastating crash of 22 vehicles that killed at least seven people and injured several.

Deadly sandstorm

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Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

At least 10 people in critical condition were taken to hospital after the tragic mass crash caused by the sandstorm on Sunday, both media reported.

KUTV detailed that the strong winds raised sand, dust and affected visibility on the highway, causing a “series of crashes” around 5:00 pm local time on Interstate 15 (I-15), Millard County, in Utah.

Children were among the victims of the massive crash by the sandstorm

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Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

“The Utah Highway Patrol called in soldiers from Richfield and Beaver to help. Several ground and air ambulances also responded to the transportation victims, ”the Utah Highway Patrol reported in a statement quoted by The Sun.

Several children were among the fatal victims of the massive collision, Sergeant Cameron Rhoden confirmed to KUTV. “I can’t remember in recent memory that (a crash) was so big, with so many vehicles and so many deaths,” he lamented.

They did not offer the identities of the victims

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Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

The Utah Highway Patrol said the names of the victims will not be released until 24 hours after all the families of the deceased are notified of what happened.

The crash occurred on I-15 near the milepost 152, which is between Fillmore and Kanosh. Following the event, road closures as a result of the massive crash were expected to continue for a “significant time,” the Sun newspaper reported.

Governor sends message

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Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

“We are stunned and saddened by the horrible accidents in Millard County,” Utah Governor Spencer Cox tweeted. “We fervently pray for the loved ones of those who perished and for those who are fighting for their lives,” he added.

ABC News also reported that authorities said the winds caused a sand or dust storm that severely affected the visibility of drivers on the road, leading to the accident.

Traffic affected by crash after sandstorm

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Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

Authorities said traffic was being diverted through Meadow and Kanosh. Northbound traffic was partially open, while southbound traffic remained closed while the Utah Highway Patrol conducted its investigation.

Major Beau Mason of the Utah Highway Patrol said after the crash that those traveling south should exit at Scipio and take Highway 50 toward Richfield. In turn, he added that people traveling north should take I-70, KUTV said.

Bus accident leaves 10 dead and 44 injured in Croatia

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Photo: AP

Meanwhile, a bus ran off a highway and crashed in Croatia on Sunday morning after the driver apparently fell asleep, an accident that left 10 people dead and at least 44 injured, some of them seriously, they reported. The authorities.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m. near the town of Slavonski Brod, on the highway between the capital Zagreb and the Serbian border. The vehicle had 67 people on board, including children and two drivers.

10 dead and 44 wounded

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Authorities reported that after an investigation, the 52-year-old bus driver had been detained after he apparently lost control of the vehicle after falling asleep briefly, according to AP.

“He said he fell asleep for a moment,” said Slavko Pranjic, a deputy prosecutor, according to the Index news portal in Croatia. In photographs of the scene, the bus could be seen overturned on the grass, near the edge of the road, with firefighters and rescuers around it.

The bus covered the route between Germany to the capital of Kosovo

Bus accident left

Traffic on the highway was stopped for hours before the vehicle was removed by emergency services and a lane was reopened, according to local media reports.

According to AP, the police reported that the bus had Kosovo license plates and was traveling on a regular route that went from Germany to the Kosovo capital, Pristina, which is located in southern Serbia.

One of the drivers passed away

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One of the drivers was killed in the crash, authorities said. Local police chief Franjo Galic said it was “one of the worst accidents I have ever seen.” The 44 injured were taken to hospitals in the area.

Josip Samardzic, director of the Slavonski Brod hospital, said that eight people were seriously injured. Health Minister Vili Baros later said that 15 minors were among the passengers and that a girl had been seriously injured.

The prime minister speaks

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic expressed his “sadness and pain” and extended his condolences to the relatives of those killed in the accident and to the people of Kosovo. “We hope the injured recover,” Plenkovic tweeted.

Kosovo’s ambassador to Germany told Croatia’s Nova TV that the passengers were mostly Kosovars working in Germany and returning home to spend the summer holidays with their families, according to Reuters. For more details read this note.

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