Sun glare blamed in Ridgefield crash

Woman veers off road, pinned in car

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A woman who crashed her car near Ridgefield on Wednesday evening said the sun got in her eyes, causing her to veer off the road.

Around 5:30 p.m., the driver of a Buick LeSabre was westbound on Northeast 259th Street when the sun blinded her and she drove off the road, crashing into a ditch, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue. The car came to a stop just before a driveway in the 1200 block of 259th Street, where emergency responders were dispatched.

The impact of the crash crumpled the front of the car and pinned the driver, said to be 18 years old. Her name was not released.

Firefighters cut off the front doors and the top of the Buick to free the woman, who was transported to a hospital, Dawdy said. She did not suffer life-threatening injuries, he said.

Dawdy advises drivers to stow sunglasses in their vehicle and keep windows clean, inside and out, particularly during this time of the year when sun glare is a big problem. If you’re in a situation where you’re blinded, pull over rather than continue driving, he said.