Motorcycle strikes car at Hurricane High School, glare from sun a factor

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HURRICANE A collision between a 2004 Lincoln Town Car and a 2012 Honda motorcycle Monday morning at Hurricane High School was caused by glare from the sun and left a 17-year-old boy with minor injuries.

The accident happened at 8:05 a.m. in the south parking lot of the school where the bus zone intersects with a road coming off 300 West, Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.

The 46-year-old female driver of the Lincoln was coming out of the bus zone area when she pulled in front of the motorcycle, causing the collision.

“The driver said that her view was obstructed due to the sun shining in her eyes and didn’t see the motorcycle,” Buell said.

The motorcycle struck the front fender of the Lincoln at a slow speed, Buell said. The 17-year-old sustained minor leg injuries and refused transport by ambulance. He was transported privately to receive medical attention.

Buell said it’s important for drivers to be careful in such conditions where sun glare could reduce visibility.

“If the sun’s blocking our view, then we need to make sure that we take extra precautions to travel slowly and pay attention,” Buell said.

The motorcycle had to be towed from the scene. The driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, Buell said, and no citations were issued.

Hurricane City Police Department and Hurricane Valley Fire District responded the incident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • anonymous February 23, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Seriously can’t people wear sunglasses. Almost everyday there is an accident faulting the sun. Either they are distracted by something else(?) or they need a pair of sunglasses. Good thing the motorcyclist didn’t get seriously injured. If you can’t see don’t drive. Simple.

  • DRT February 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Right on! Well, up to a point, anyway. If you are already stopped, and you can’t see, then stay stopped until you have made the necessary adjustments so you can see.
    But what is really bad, and due to our geography here in Dixie, happens quite often, is when you are taken by surprise, such as cresting a hill, or coming out from behind one of our ridges and the sun catches you full in the face! Those of us who live here, and drive in the hours of early morning sunrise, or late afternoon sunset, likely know where this is going to happen. But for our millions of Tourons (part tourist, mostly moron,) it can take them by surprise.

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