Police: Setting sun cause of Thursday night crashes
Belfast — The sun blinded two drivers involved in a pair of accidents that occurred just before 6 p.m. Thursday night, Sept. 27, according to police.
Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said police responded to the first of the accident at 5:43 p.m., at which time 47-year-old Robert Porter of Belfast was headed up Main Street hill in a 2002 Nissan Sentra.
Meanwhile, Cunningham said, 37-year-old Orwin Swayso of Newburyport, Mass., was following behind Porter in a 2001 Dodge Dakota.
Porter reportedly slowed to turn, Cunningham said, but Swayso told police was unable to see the Nissan slowing down because the sun was shining directly into his eyes. Swayso struck the rear of Porter's vehicle as a result. No one was injured in the collision.
Just as police were clearing that accident scene, a second two-vehicle accident was reported on Main Street near Lincolnville Avenue.
Cunningham said Linda Lemieux of Belfast was attempting to turn onto Lincolnville Avenue in her 1996 Geo as Richard O'Connor of Belfast was heading eastbound on Main Street in a 2000 Saab. The sun blinded Lemieux, and Cunningham said she did not see O'Connor due to the glare and the two vehicles struck head-on in the middle of the road.
Neither O'Connor nor Lemieux were seriously injured in the accident, Cunningham said.