Sunset glare blamed for collision
A driver temporarily blinded by the setting sun slammed into the rear of a westbound coal truck Friday night on U.S. Highway 6.
"During this time of the year, drivers have a difficult time seeing when the sun begins to set," said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Bunnell. "It is so bright, especially along that stretch of U.S. 6, drivers have reported being completely blinded."
The vehicle which made impact, a 1996 Ford Ranger, was also moving west near mile marker 255. He rear ended a Savage Coal Truck, who had just turned onto the highway from State Road 123.
The Ranger was driven by a 30-year-old male who was transported via ambulance to Castleview Hospital following the collision. His name was not immediately released by the UHP.
The stretch of road near the intersection of U.S. 6 and State Road 123 sets up a perfect storm of dangerous circumstances when sun begins to set. As May passes into June, the setting sun becomes truly blinding. Vehicles speeding along U.S. 6, where the posted speed limit is 65 mph, often don't see the semis in time to slow down.
Additionally, as the coal trucks enter the highway, they also face an immediate incline in the road. These factors insure that the loaded semis take quite a long time to get up to speed. Even though there is a merge lane to the right, the section puts large slow moving vehicles in front of fast moving cars.
When limited visibility is added to the equation, a dangerous situation is created for motorists.