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Car hits pony in thick fog

A PONY out of its paddock at Pie Creek was hit by a car in early morning fog.

A Toyota Camry driven by a 35-year-old local along Lawson Rd collided with the black Shetland pony around 5am Saturday. The car was badly damaged and the horse severely injured.

Officers said the driver was shaken up when they arrived at the scene, not far from the Eel Creek Rd intersection. Immediate attention was given to the horse, which was still alive, but in severe distress.

Police arranged for the horse to be put down and the driver was checked out by ambulance paramedics.

Statistically fog is the most dangerous driving hazard in existence.

By far the safest thing to do while driving in fog is to move well off the road and wait for it to lift. But the simple and safe solution is not always the most practical, so here are a few driving procedures to follow in fog.

  • Slow down. Most fog-related traffic fatalities occur because someone was driving too fast and couldn't stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Make sure you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you.
  • Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions to keep the windows clear.
  • Signal early, and when you use your brakes, consider those following behind.

Topics:  crash fog pie creek

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