On October 13, 2014 at approximately 8:10 a.m., a 2007 GMC Yukon was southbound on Highway 99E near milepost 6. For an unknown reason, it crossed the center turn lane and left northbound lane where it crashed head-on with a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup in the right northbound lane. Both drivers were transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, one of them taken from there by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the accident.
Fog Lights Used Correctly Increase Driving Visibility
Most vehicles come equipped with two fog lights, mounted low on either side of the front bumper, underneath the headlights. Producing either a white or yellow light, they are aimed towards the road surface to provide a wide, bar-shaped beam of light in conditions of poor visibility due to rain, fog, dust, or snow. Yellow fog lights have the added advantage of reducing the glare-back from fog or falling snow.
After sunset and during other low visibility situations, Oregon law requires that fog lights be used like the high beam headlight system of your car, but may not be used instead of headlights. When a car is using fog or auxiliary lights, it is visually distracting for other drivers, so they must be turned off when within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle and within 350 feet when following another vehicle. During normal visibility conditions, fog or auxiliary lights should be turned off.