Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – February 2015

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:

January was a busy month for sun glare related crashes

Icy roads and sun glare blamed >

Large Pileup Crash On I-294 Snarls Traffic | CBS Chicago

CHICAGO - A large chain-reaction crash, involving 45 vehicles, snarled traffic on Interstate 294 on Monday morning. 

The crash happened just around 9:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes just north of 95th street, after an Illinois State Police squad car was rear-ended by another vehicle. That caused a chain reaction, involving at least three semi-tractor trailer trucks that jackknifed. Police said the chain reaction was partly the result of black ice in the area.

Police say 45 vehicles were involved in the resulting pileup, and at 8 people were taken to hospitals for minor injuries. 20 cars had to be towed from the expressway…

Drivers blamed icy road conditions for the frightening pile-up. That, combined with sun glare, led to the chain reaction that seemed to go on and on…

Motorist blinded by sun moments before fatal crash with cyclist, court hears | Ipswich Star

A motorist accused of causing the death of a 69-year-old cyclist told police he had been blinded by the sun and had not seen him, a court has heard.

Sam Burrows, 29, was driving along the Capel St Mary-bound carriageway of the Old London Road, Copdock, at 2.30pm on January 16 when he struck the back of a bike being ridden by retired planning officer Colin Crowther, Ipswich Crown Court was told…

The accident happened near to the Cameo Hotel.

The impact caused Mr Crowther, of Brackenhayes Close, Ipswich, to come off his bike and hit the near side windscreen of the Citroen before somersaulting over the car and landing on the ground in a bus lay-by, said Richard Kelly, prosecuting.

He said that Burrows, who was “clearly very shaken” had stopped just beyond the collision scene and told witnesses he had been blinded by the sun.

Burrows, of Clive Avenue, Ipswich, has denied causing Mr Crowther’s death by careless driving on January 16 last year.

The court heard that Mr Crowther was a keen cyclist and was fit for his age.

On the day of the collision he was riding a semi-professional lightweight road bike and was wearing safety equipment, including a helmet and a fluorescent yellow bib.

Mr Kelly told the court that at the time of the accident the sun was low in the sky and would have been shining towards Mr Crowther and any cars travelling behind him.

He said the speed limit for that stretch of road was 50mph and it was accepted that Burrows had been driving at 39 to 47mph.

Mr Crowther was taken to hospital but died later the same night from his injuries.

After his arrest Burrows, who had been on his way to work, told police he had not seen Mr Crowther.

“I just heard a bang, that was the first I knew,” he said.

He said he had his sun visor down and when he got to the top of an incline he had taken his foot off the accelerator and rested it on the brake without depressing it because of the glare from the road.

He claimed he was then “suddenly” blinded by the sun and squinted and within a second or two he had hit something.

The court heard that another motorist who was driving behind Burrows described the driving conditions as suddenly becoming “exceptionally poor”.

He said that in addition to the direct glare of the sun there was also glare from the wet road surface…

Driver may have been blinded by the sun's glare - Man dies in Millinocket crash via @bangordailynews 

MILLINOCKET, ME - A 59-year-old man died and traffic was stopped on Route 157 for about four hours after a two-vehicle crash near Huber and Rice Farm roads on Tuesday. Three others suffered minor injuries, police said.

The collision occurred when a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder traveling west toward Millinocket rear-ended a 2007 Dodge Caliber that stopped on Route 157. The crash was reported about 4:15 p.m., said Millinocket police Officer David Cram, who is handling the investigation…

Cram said he suspects the Pathfinder’s driver may have been blinded by the sun’s glare, which typically is very bright along that stretch of Route 157 during that time of day.

“I think the sun was a factor in the accident,” Cram said Tuesday. “I still have a few witnesses to interview.”…

Afternoon sun glare may have been a factor >

Bullitt County EMA deputy director dies after car accident | WDRB 41

BULLITT COUNTY, KY. - Bullitt County's deputy director of emergency management died in a rollover crash west of Shepherdsville Thursday night.
Emergency management director Mike Riordan confirmed that Les Bandy was involved in the wreck on Kentucky 44 about 6 p.m.

Bandy was taken to the hospital in critical condition with a serious head injury and died early Friday morning.

Bandy was the only person in a marked, EMA Ford Expedition that left the side of the road and overturned several times, said Bullitt Co. Sheriff's Captain Mike Murdoch.

The glare of the afternoon sun may have been a factor in the crash, Murdoch said. Officers were continuing an investigation Thursday night…

Driver dazzled by bright sunlight in fatal accident | Tiverton Mid Devon Gazette

The shocked family of an invalid carriage user who was killed on a pedestrian crossing stumbled upon his fatally injured body when they passed the scene just minutes after the accident.

William Lock, aged 86, died two days after the accident in South Molton in which he was hit by driver Ronald Webber…

Webber, aged 80, was spared jail at Exeter Crown Court after a Judge heard he had been dazzled by bright sunlight and had not seen the buggy on the crossing in front of him…

Retired quarryman Webber, of Pathfields, Exeter, admitted causing death by careless driving and was jailed for six months, suspended for two years and banned from driving for three years.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, said:"You were approaching a crossing when you failed to see Mr Lock on his mobility scooter and collided with him, causing severe injuries from which he died two days later.

"You had an unblemished record and a clean licence and told the police you were dazzled by the sun when you came up a short rise approaching the crossing.

"A pedestrian and the driver of the car which followed you both give credence to that account. The other driver says the sun was low and bright and there was a glare from the road's surface.

"The pedestrian said she had to shelter her eyes and how Mr Lock commented to her how bright it was.

"It was clearly an error for you to carry on driving without reducing your speed when you were dazzled by the sun.”

Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said Webber was driving his Ford Focus on New Road, South Molton at 11.40am on January 11 last year when he hit Mr Lock on the crossing.

He said there were no defects in the car and he passed a sight test but there was evidence he may have been dazzled by the sun.

Mr Nigel Wraith, defending, said Webber had pulled down the sun visor but was still unable to see the other man….

Sun glare suspected >

Man dies after struck by car in West Palm Beach

A driver who said she was blinded by sun glare was involved in a fatal crash in West Palm Beach on Saturday, according to a Palm Beach sheriff's report.

The crash killed Philip Blonder, 89, of West Palm Beach, as he crossed Golden River Drive near Golden Lakes Drive at about 5:21 p.m.

Deputies said the driver of a 2010 Kia Forte, Donna Gilligan, 64, of West Palm Beach, was making a left turn from Golden Lakes Drive when the vehicle she was driving hit Blonder.

Gilligan told deputies the light from the setting sun prevented her from seeing Blonder crossing the road, according to the report…

Left turns dangerous, more so with sun glare >

DPD investigates auto-ped crash  via @DenverChannel

DENVER - Denver police are continuing to investigate an auto pedestrian accident in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood.

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized with critical injuries. His mother and sister had only minor injuries…

The family was crossing University, walking in the intersection westbound, towards the iconic Bonnie Brae ice cream shop.

Police said Friday the family appeared to have a walk signal and that the little boy’s mother was holding his hand as the Toyota was trying to make a left turn to go south on University   

The crash happened late Friday afternoon but it was unclear if sun glare played a role as the driver faced west and then made a left turn.

Idea for Toronto?

MT @WRSPGlobal: Traffic cops go tech way, launch app for easing travel woes

In an effort to make life easy for commuters, the Mumbai traffic police is designing an indigenous mobile application for the first time. From instantly registering complaints of public transport drivers refusing to ply, getting information on a towed away vehicle to finding the nearest parking spots, the app, according to officials, will be a resourceful information provider for distressed commuters and motorists. The app, which is being developed by the in-house tech team of the traffic police, is expected to be launched in a few weeks, across all operating systems.

Feb 18 - Drivers take note: Low sun in line with w/b Toronto streets - now (5:45pm) thru 1st week March (5:15pm). Torontohenge effect.

Feb 18 - Ottawa drivers take note: Low sun in line with w/b 417 thru Bronson and again thru 416 area before sunset @ 5:34pm

Feb 18 - Toronto drivers take note: Sunset in line with w/b Gardiner btwn Park Lawn and 427 today @ 5:52pm.

When sun is low, pay extra attention to colour of traffic light >

Crash knocks car into IHOP, Hackettstown cops say

HACKETTSTOWN – An 85-year-old woman inadvertently drove through a red light, crashed into another car, and ended up at the International House of Pancakes, Hackettstown Police said.

At about 10:41 a.m. Wednesday, police and the Hackettstown Rescue Squad responded to the intersection of Route 182 and East Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle crash.

Police determined Marek Kragiel, 48, of Caldwell, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet making a left turn from East Avenue onto Route 182 South when he was struck by a 2007 Subaru driven by Ludmila Dykil, 85, of Blairstown, who was driving south on Route 182, police said…

Police determined Dykil drove through a red light, causing the accident. She told police she did not see the red light because of sun glare, police said…

Sun glare blamed >

8 Injured After Bus Collides With Car | CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE - Eight people have been transported to a local hospital after a bus accident in Northwest Baltimore Tuesday morning. 

The bus collided with a car at Wasbash and W. Garrison avenues. Seven people and the MTA bus driver were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Mike Schuh reports the driver blamed the sun glare for the crash.

Teen with bicycle hit in crosswalk in Henderson

An 18-year-old woman with a bicycle was critically injured this morning when she was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Windmill Parkway in Henderson, city officials said.

It appears the driver, headed east on Windmill, didn’t see the woman because of sun glare, city spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said.

The accident happened about 6:45 a.m. at the intersection with Ocotillo Pointe Terrace, east of Green Valley Parkway, Richards said. It was not clear if the teen was riding the bike or was pushing it across the intersection, Richards said…

KTTC TV: 1 hurt in crash involving school bus in northwest Rochester

ROCHESTER, MN - One person was injured in a crash involving a school bus Tuesday in front of Elton Hills Elementary School.

Rochester Police Lt. Casey Moilanen said a parked school bus with no children on it was hit from behind by a silver minivan just before 5 p.m…

Moilanen said the sun's glare could have been a factor in the accident.

Dangerous Budd Lake intersection results in another death - New Jersey Hills: Mount Olive Chronicle News

MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – A 17-year-old Hopatcong boy died on Thursday night in a car crash at a section of Route 46 that has been the scene of numerous accidents.

Police and municipal officials have had a longstanding but so far, unsuccessful request for the N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT) to modify the busy highway in the area of the latest fatal accident…

The same intersection was the scene of an accident on Oct. 7, 2011, when a 47-year-old Hopatcong woman was killed. A car was traveling west on Route 46 and attempted to turn left onto Old Wolfe Road when it was struck by an oncoming, eastbound motorcycle, killing the driver, Alice O. King.

“There have been a significant amount of crashes at Old Wolfe Road,” Anthony said.

While there have been few fatalities, said there have been many accidents at the location. In some cases it has involved a vehicle slamming into a car that was stopped to turn on Old Wolfe Road. Other accidents have resulted when westbound vehicles are struck when they turn into the slow lane to avoid a rear-end collision with a stopped vehicle.

The problems are exacerbated by frequent sun glare and vehicles traveling west on the highway may not easily see traffic stopped in the westbound lane to turn onto Old Wolfe Road, Anderson said…

Cheers, Ralph

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