Sun strike a factor in two-car crash

Sun strike is being blamed as a factor in a two-car collision near Palmerston North that put one man in hospital.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Stoney Creek Rd and Kelvin Grove Rd before 4pm today.

On arrival they found two vehicles on the side of the road. One, Toyota sedan, had sustained damage to the driver's side doors.

Police acting sergeant James Turner said the male driver of the car was taken to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition.

The other car involved was a Holden ute, the family inside were shaken up but not injured, Turner said.

It was not raining at the time of the crash but the road was damp and the sun was low in the sky.

Turner said these factors combined to make visibility tricky and motorists needed to slow down and take care around sun strike.

"People don't realise that they need to slow down," Turner said.

The investigation into the crash is continuing, with police still to interview the injured driver.

Manawatu Standard