Fog May Have Been a Factor in Fatal Early Morning Accident

heavy fogA 30-year-old man was killed after being struck by a car on County Road 18 in Amherstburg early Thursday morning.

According to Amherstburg police, the man was traveling west on a skateboard around 6:40 a.m. when a Ford Focus traveling east attempted to pass another vehicle and hit the skateboarder.

The skateboarder was pronounced dead at the scene and the 23-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The road between Concession 4 South and Meloche Road was closed for several hours while the crash was investigated. According to police, poor visibility from heavy fog was likely a factor in the accident.

Thick fog throughout the area Monday morning led to school bus transportation being canceled for Windsor and Essex County. The cancellations also included Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, Wallaceburg, and Tilbury.

According to the fog advisory issued by Environment Canada, there was zero visibility in some areas.

Tips for Driving in Fog

When driving in inclement weather, motorists must take extra caution. Fog can easily be one of the most dangerous weather conditions for drivers because it can reduce visibility significantly.

When driving in this type of weather, drivers should:

  • Slow down so you have time to react to any hazards that may be in your path.
  • Always use your headlights, but never your brights. The tiny droplets of water that make up fog can spread and reflect your high-beam headlights, making it even more difficult to see. You want to make sure your headlights are on however, so that other drivers can see you.
  • Stay focused on the road. Driving in this type of weather should demand your full attention, so drivers should make sure to avoid any distractions from cellphones, the radio or other disruptions.

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