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2 hurt after traffic signal apparently malfunctions

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A car ends up on a grass field following a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Walters Road and Highway 12 in Suisun City, Tuesday. Both drivers were the only occupants in the vehicles and were taken to the hospital via ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The collision occurred around 4:55 p.m. and one car was going Eastbound and the other Westbound on Highway 12. Public works and CalTrans crews were in route following reports of traffic light malfunctions at the intersection. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | July 23, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — Two drivers suffered unknown injuries Tuesday afternoon when their vehicles collided after the stop lights at Highway 12 and Walters Road apparently malfunctioned.

Suisun City Police Cmdr. Tim Mattos said the accident happened at about 4:55 p.m., after the traffic lights at the intersection stopped working.

Mattos said employees of the city’s Public Works Department and the California Department of Transportation were en route to the scene when the accident occurred. A Mercedes-Benz sedan and another white sedan were involved in the crash and both drivers were taken to area hospitals with injuries that Mattos said weren’t life-threatening.

Scanner traffic indicated that the problem was first reported around 1:17 p.m.

There was no other information available on the cause of the crash or the condition of the drivers.

Aaron Rosenblatt contributed to this report. Reach Brad Stanhope at 427-6958 or bstanhope@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradstanhope.

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is the Daily Republic's news editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 17 years as a sports editor and three years as the associate editor before spending three years away from the newspaper (though continuing as a columnist). He returned in December 2010 as news editor. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.
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  • 2realJuly 23, 2014 - 5:44 am

    I gotta use that one next time. That was good.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 23, 2014 - 5:48 am

    SO they "stopped working." What does that mean exactly? Lights out? Stop sign. Driving 101...

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  • BobJuly 23, 2014 - 6:30 am

    Malfunctioning lights? That's what they call red light running now? Sunset, Emperor, Walters rd are all red light running areas Why isn't anything done about it? My wife and daughter were almost killed by red light runners Pete fix it or get to of town we don't need you

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  • Time For TruthJuly 23, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Just wait until those freakin' metering lights take on a mind of their own (or until they get hacked, or until the powers-that-be wish to create MORE traffic to boost revenue from the pay-to-drive rich peoples' traffic lane). Just say no to metering lights and say yes to round-abouts.

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  • BeeboJuly 23, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Yes, we're all that stupid. Oh no! Hacked metering lights. The hackers will make them flash in a way that will turn us into zombies. Otherwise, they will either stay red, or they will stay off. This is indeed frightening.

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  • boomJuly 23, 2014 - 9:18 am

    I don't know, but if the scanner reported traffic lights out at 1pm and they caused a crash at 4pm, it seems to me the city knew about the problem and was negligent in not fixing an obviously dangerous situation in time. Expect a lawsuit from this one. Probably 2.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 23, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Boom, there may be a suit filed, but doubt it will go anywhere. Dead lights are to be treated as a stop sign, if you have a license you should know that. We're supposed to use that practice until they're repaired. This is going to come down to stupidity and ignoring the law.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 23, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Boom, I didn't mean you as in YOU personally. I meant we driver's should all know that.

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  • boomJuly 23, 2014 - 10:54 am

    @CD-At least once a day in Fairfield I will get cutoff, side swiped or some other form of bad driving from another passenger vehicle will occur. After which the driver from the offending vehicle will look at me with a overtly menacing stare, while failing to realize it was HE who didn't follow the rules of the road. Not sure why they even make you go down and take the test anymore, its obvious everyone throws it out of the window as soon as they leave the DMV parking lot. Yes, the suit may not have merit, but as we all know, it doesn't mean it won't be filed and argued in court.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 23, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Boom, I hear ya! Enforcement might get their attention.

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  • boomJuly 23, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Guess they didn't like my comment that the city knew about the problem 3 hours before the crash and now is potentially on the hook for damages.

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  • tanishaJuly 23, 2014 - 9:25 am

    I am sure a lawsuit will come about sooner than later

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  • JimmyJuly 23, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Anything can malfunction. When lights are out you shouldn't just keep driving like these two did. You proceed as if it's a stop sign. Have you all forgotten what you learned in driving school? Of course the city will be sued but it was the drivers fault.

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  • B. ThiemerJuly 23, 2014 - 9:51 am

    It was not a "malfunction. They were off-line all afternoon, due to some elctrical work associated with the Walmart construction zone. Thousands of other cars (including mine)went through the intersection properly, viewing it as a four way stop per California Vehicle code.

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  • terJuly 23, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    hmmm, electrical work. Union electricians?

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  • Joe PsocJuly 23, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Did Kirchibells son run into somebody else when he was driving drunk? The nut does not fall far from the tree...

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