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8 dead after massive pileup on I-15 in Millard County

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 02:25:13-04

MILLARD COUNTY, Utah — At least eight people, including some children, were killed during a massive pileup in Millard County on Sunday. Ten people were taken to local hospitals with injuries.

The Utah Highway Patrol said strong winds created a dust storm, which led to impaired visibility and "a series of crashes" with about 20 vehicles — including semitrailers — involved.

The incident happened between 4:30-5 p.m. between Kanosh and Meadow.

READ: Weather phenomenon behind deadly I-15 accidents

At the latest update Monday morning, UHP said eight people had died.

UHP said at least 10 people were transported to hospitals with injuries from the crashes.

The interstate was closed in both directions for several hours on Sunday night. It has since completely reopened.

On Monday, UHP released the names of the victims.

Five of the eight were relatives and were in the same vehicle:

  • 30-year-old Kortni Sawyer from St. George
  • 6-year-old Riggins Sawyer from St. George
  • 2-year-old Franki Sawyer from St. George
  • 37-year-old Race Sawyer from Lehi (Driver)
  • 12-year-old Ryder Sawyer from Lehi
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Kortni Sawyer, Race Sawyer (sister-in-law/brother-in-law)

The driver and one passenger of another vehicle both died: 51-year-old Robert Lorenzon and 47-year-old Maricela Lorenzon, both from Salt Lake City.


A passenger in another vehicle, 15-year-old Cameron Valentine from Yuma, Arizona, was also killed.


GoFundMe campaigns have been set up for the Sawyers' family, for the Lorensons' family., and for Valentine's family.

"We’re stunned and saddened by the horrific accidents in Millard County," Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted Sunday night. "We fervently pray for the loved ones of those who perished and for those fighting for their lives."