Wednesday Mar 14 2012
Wet weather factor in head-on collision
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
17 collisions in Roseville Wednesday
Police believe wet roads played a major roll in a head-on collision on Roseville Road late Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 5 p.m., a black SUV was traveling northbound on Roseville Road near Fir Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided head on with an oncoming white SUV. Both drivers were immediately transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to investigating officer Rodney Reno. “It was pretty minor for a head-on collision,” Reno said. Traffic remained backed up on southbound Foothills Boulevard during the peak commute hours while crews worked to clean up the scene. The wet weather Wednesday caused many problems for Roseville drivers, according to Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department, with 17 traffic collisions reported between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Of those collisions, eight involved serious to moderate injuries, Gunther said. Gunther could not directly attribute every accident to the rain. However, she did report that during the same time period Tuesday, when the weather was not as wet, just three injury accidents were reported. “The law says that when you have your windshield wipers on, your headlights have to be on as well,” Gunther said. “You need to slow down and allow space for other drivers, to allow more stopping distance.” Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.