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Dust storm leads to multiple accidents on I-15 between Parowan, Beaver

Published: Friday, April 25 2014 6:10 p.m. MDT

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BEAVER — Thirteen vehicles crashed during a dust storm Friday that reduced visibility on I-15 between Parowan and Beaver.

Just prior to 4 p.m., heavy winds began picking up dust, limiting visibility for motorists to 50 feet, according to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce. Accidents included two major crashes — one involving six vehicles, and the other seven vehicles.

One man was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. Other passengers received minor injuries and were released at the scene, Royce said.

Lanes in both directions in the area were closed during times of poor visibility. By 6:10 p.m., all lanes were opened as visibility conditions had improved and the crash scenes were cleared.

Resources from the Iron County Sheriff's Office, UHP and Parowan police responded to the incident, Royce said.

"It was one of those all-hands-on-deck situations," he said.

— Morgan Jacobsen

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