Baby, teen transported to hospital following 2-vehicle crash.

September 23, 2022

Baby, teen transported to hospital following 2-vehicle crash.

Both drivers told police they were blinded by the sunrise.

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP — A 1-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were transported to Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital in Fremont following a two-vehicle rear-end crash on East Arthur Road near Maple Island Road Thursday, Sept, 22, shortly before 8 a.m., according to an Oceana County Sheriff’s Office accident report.

Drivers of both vehicles involved — a 40-year-old Hesperia woman and a 31-year-old Hesperia woman — told deputies that they were blinded by the sunrise.

The driver of a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan was east on Arthur Road and “advised that the sunrise was blinding her vision as she was driving,” causing her to slow down. “She looked into the rearview mirror and observed another vehicle approaching her at regular speed.” Then, the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse rear-ended the minivan, the report states. The Traverse driver — the 31-year-old woman — told deputies “she was blinded by the sunrise and did not see the vehicle in front of her driving at a slower speed.”

The 1-year-old girl was traveling in the SUV, and the 14-year-old girl was a passenger in the minivan. Also riding in the minivan was a 16-year-old boy.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt, and the baby was properly restrained in a child seat, according to the report.

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