OAKHURST – The afternoon commute was slowed a bit this afternoon on Highway 49 near Harmony lane when the glare of the setting sun caused a chain reaction, according to those involved.
At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 8, an unidentified vehicle almost came to a dead stop in the northbound lane when the sun apparently blinded the driver temporarily.A 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup, driven by Lester Jordan, 66, of Ahwahnee, was right behind the slowed vehicle, and managed to stop in time to avoid a collision.
However, the 1999 Lincoln Town Car following was not as fortunate, and slammed into the back of the pickup, causing major damage to both vehicles.
“It’s totalled,” said Richie, the son-in-law of Lester Jordan, who was on his way home when he came across the accident. “I came around the corner and saw the wreck, and realized it was my father-in-law’s pickup.”
The frame of the white Chevy pickup was clearly bent in the middle, and the bed was buckled up in the back and shoved into the cab.
The driver of the Town Car, Paul Ruell, 61, of Coarsegold, told CHP on the scene that the sun blinded him on the curve, and he couldn’t see the other vehicle stopping in front of him.
Sierra Ambulance responded to the scene, but no one was injured. Jordan was able to drive his pickup away, and Ruell’s car was removed by Doc’s Towing.