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At least 8 dead, 10 injured in Utah car crashes caused by sandstorm

At least three people were listed in critical condition at area hospitals, police said.
Utah sandstorm crashes kill six.
A sandstorm caused several crashes Sunday on a Utah interstate freeway.Utah Highway Patrol

At least eight people died and 10 others were injured Sunday as powerful winds blew sand and dust across an interstate in Utah, causing a series of car crashes, authorities said.

The accident occurred on Interstate 15 about 4:30 p.m. local time in Millard County, about two hours south of Salt Lake City, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The accident involved 22 cars and trucks, the department said, adding that three people were in critical condition.

Images posted by the department showed what appeared to be the wreckage of a car beneath a tractor-trailer and a car that had been partly severed by a different 18-wheeler.

No other details, including the identity of the victims, were immediately available.