Sun blindness is being blamed for a Wednesday morning collision that could have been catastrophic for a baby who was being pushed across a busy intersection in its stroller.
A white Dodge full size pickup made a left turn on a green light, from Spall Road on to Springfield at just after 11 a.m., just as a woman was crossing with her baby in the stroller, in the east intersection crosswalk.
“The 47-year-old female driver of the pickup did not see the woman or the stroller, as the sun was in her eyes, until the last second,” said Const. Steve Holmes.
“She slammed on her brakes and slowed the truck down but it struck the stroller nonetheless.”
The truck had slowed significantly, however, so the collision only pushed the stroller over onto is side and the 18 month old boy, who was securely strapped inside, suffered only minor scrapes to the side of his face and to one knee.
“The woman pushing the stroller suffered no injuries when she fell down due to the tipping stroller, and there was no damage to either the truck or the stroller,” said Holmes.
“Both the woman and child were taken to hospital to be assessed and the child checked for any neck or head injuries.” Speed, alcohol and road conditions have been ruled out as police investigate.