Yesterday evening, a sandstorm caused low visibility that led to a pileup that involved 20 vehicles, killed 8 people, and injured 10 more. The accident took place near Kanosh, UT on I-15, which was closed in both directions on Sunday evening. The vehicles involved included multiple 18-wheeler big rigs, and a number of passenger vehicles.
There were 18 casualties total. Fatal injuries included 4 adults and 4 children under 15, and the injured survivors included 10 people who were hospitalized. At least 3 of the hospitalized survivors are still in critical condition, according to recent reports. All of them were transported via a combination of air and ground ambulances.
Officials say the sandstorm was caused by a severe thunderstorm southeast of Kanosh, which created 51-mph winds. Serious drought conditions meant there was a looser, drier layer of dirt that exacerbated the wind conditions, creating a sandstorm that reduced visibility while making it difficult to control a vehicle. A similar dust storm took place the same day just south of the Millard County crash.
Third Fatal Pile-Up in the Last Few Months
This marks the third major multi-vehicle accident of 2021, all of which were caused by poor weather conditions. The Fort Worth pile-up in February was caused by icy conditions and slick roads, leading to 5 fatalities and 36 injured people. The Alabama pile-up in June left 10 dead due to poor visibility from Tropical Storm Claudette.
At the same time, these accidents are rarely a pure case of “bad weather.” Bad weather only makes a terrible accident more likely, but it’s ultimately a negligent choice that triggers the crash. Our pile-up accident lawyers are currently representing victims of the Fort Worth crash to investigate what caused the 100-vehicle accident and which at-fault parties can be held accountable.
Our Utah truck accident lawyers will be following this story as it develops. If you or a loved one were involved in this crash and you want answers, call us for a free consultation.