Heavy Fog Causes Several Traffic Accidents Throughout Sacramento County
Drivers in Sacramento are familiar with the phenomenon of Tule Fog, an annual occurrence that brings periods of heavy fog to the Central Valley region of California between November and late March.
Tule Fog reappeared in Sacramento over the weekend, prompting the California Highway Patrol to issue an alert for drivers in Sacramento and Yolo Counties.
Despite these warnings, low visibility caused by the foggy conditions is being blamed for several accidents that left multiple lanes of traffic closed for hours, and at least one driver fatally injured.
The first crash, which took place on Highway 4 in Stockton, forced lane closures in both directions for several hours as road crews fought through the fog to deliver medical services and clear the affected vehicles. In spite of the multiple warnings from the CHP, at least one of the drivers involved in the accident is reported to have been driving at excessive speeds.
Unfortunately, this driver was also not wearing their seat belt at the time of the collision, a decision that could have prevented them from sustaining fatal injuries.
A second accident took place the same morning only a few miles away on Interstate 80 in West Sacramento. Police and fire officials were responding to a hit-and-run in the early morning when a vehicle slammed into the back of a West Sacramento Fire Department truck. The fire truck had its emergency lights turned on and several road flares had been laid down to alert incoming traffic, but with visibility as low as only 30 feet in some areas, the driver was not able to stop in time. Fortunately, this accident did not cause any severe injuries.
In an effort to keep drivers safe during the hazy conditions, traffic officials from the Stanislaus Office of Emergency Services launched an internet campaign called "Start 'em Up - Light 'em Up." This campaign reminds drivers to turn on their car's low-beam headlights during periods of heavy fog. This strategy increases visibility and helps alert other drivers of your position on the road.
Take These Safety Precautions During Tule Fog Periods
– Drive slowly during periods of heavy fog
– Allow for extra time to arrive at your destination
– The combination of low visibility and high speeds can be deadly
– Drive below the speed limit
– Always wear and properly fasten your seat belt
– During heavy fog periods, make sure your low-beam headlights are illuminated
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