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The sun's glare may have caused an accident Wednesday that sent a Chautauqua County sheriff's deputy and a passenger to WCA Hospital in Jamestown, police said.

The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Salisbury and Fluvanna-Townline roads.

Deputy Randy Johnson, who was westbound on Salisbury Road at about 6:30 p.m., told investigators that glare from the sun caused him to miss the stop sign at Fluvanna-Townline Road. The patrol vehicle went through the intersection and struck an earth embankment.

Johnson suffered a back injury while his passenger, Patricia Whitehead, no address given, suffered an ankle injury. Whitehead was riding along with Johnson as part of a criminal justice program at Jamestown Community College.

Both were treated in WCA Hospital and released.

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