Sand traps operate vertically and use gravity, not centrifugal force, to separate sand from the flow. As the flow enters the sand trap, it is radically slowed and the direction changed 90 degrees by the stinger-diverter. This allows the sand to separate from the gas and liquids. Sand falls to the bottom of the trap and is kept there by a system of proprietary baffles. The baffles allow gas and liquids to move up and out while keeping the sand separate. Sand is removed by opening one of the two sand discharge ports during operation; shut-in is not required if one of the sand outs clogs.