Car v bike and car v car

Police are warning drivers to be careful on the roads when the sun is rising and setting, after sunstrike is believed to have contributed to two accidents yesterday.

A 51-year-old woman was knocked off her bike after a collision with a van on the Maxwell Rd/Seymour St roundabout just before 8am.

St John Blenheim station manager Rebecca Lee said the woman suffered minor injuries to her face, side and knee.

She was treated at the scene and taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

At 7.30am, a 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital after driving into a parked car in Wither Rd. She suffered a minor back and neck injury, Ms Lee said.

A hospital spokeswoman said both women were treated and discharged.

Acting Sergeant Todd Nicholas, of Blenheim, said sunstrike is believed to be a contributing factor in both crashes.

The sun was shining directly down Wither Rd when the woman crashed into the parked car, he said.

Sunstrike happened when the sun reflected on the windscreen of a vehicle, causing the driver to lose their vision.

It was common at this time of year, before daylight savings ended on April 6, Mr Nicholas said.

"It does make it hard to see anything," he said.

"Drivers need to drive carefully, especially when the sun is rising and setting."

Both of the crashes were being investigated, Mr Nicholas said.

The Marlborough Express