HURRICANE – It was initially reported Monday that the two-vehicle accident that occurred in the area of 480 West State St. was triggered by a driver’s failure to yield to oncoming traffic. The Hurricane City Police Department released additional information Wednesday night clarifying what happened.
Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said the accident occurred between 8:15-8:30 p.m., Monday, when a Ford Focus pulling out of a local business driveway was impacted by an Oldsmobile Sedan. The Oldsmobile was traveling in the outside eastbound lane.
The driver and passenger in the Ford Focus sustained minor injuries, while the driver of the Oldsmobile was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center, though in stable condition.
Both vehicles were disabled and towed away from the scene. Traffic on State Street was temporarily hampered due to the crash.
Originally the driver of the Ford Focus was suspected of failing to yield to oncoming traffic. However, according to new information from the police, it appears the Oldsmobile was driving with its headlights off.
There was no corroborating evidence to substantiate the claim at the scene of the accident Monday evening, Buell said in a statement. Officers obtained video surveillance of the accident that showed the Oldsmobile was not driving with its headlights on at the time of the accident.
Based on the new information, the police determined the unused headlights were a contributing factor in the accident.
“At times it is difficult to determine the cause of an accident without those who are willing to come forward as a witness and give a statement” Buell said. “We encourage anyone who witnessed this accident and has not spoken with an officer to please contact the Hurricane City Police Department.”
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