Woman hurt when semi runs red light

A semitrailer blew through a stop signal on U.S. 31 at about noon Thursday and slammed into an SUV.
Tribune Staff
Jan 24, 2013


Police said the semi jack-knifed after the crash and partially blocked the highway at Riley Street in Holland Township for some time. The highway's southbound lanes were shut down for about 15 minutes after the crash.

The driver of the SUV, Jessica Smith of Zeeland suffered cuts from broken glass, and police said she sought her own treatment. The semi driver, Jeffrey Hofman of Grant, was not injured.

Sgt. Brent Converse of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Smith, 28, said she had the green light as she attempted to turn from Riley Street onto southbound U.S. 31.

Hofman, 42, told police that the traffic signal was partially obstructed by snow and the sun's glare.

Authorities say motorists should slow down and stop if they can't properly see a traffic signal.



So, a "professional" truck driver readily admits that he could not clearly see the traffic signal, and then assumes it is green!
That is completely opposite to how he should have responded to an obscured or non-lite traffic signal! If you cannot see what the light indicates, you should not be blowing through the intersection, expecially in a semi truck.
That indicates a defect in his driving ability which should be reviewed.
Unfortunately, running traffic lights is a common occurence in our area. This was just one of the more unlucky ones where there was a traget in the way.


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