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Drowsy Driver Involved in Crash with Semi Trailer

Multiple news reports across the state have indicated that a man from Idaho may have been sleeping at the wheel before crash with a semi trailer.

According to a series of news reports, a man from Idaho was injured after his vehicle crashed into a semi trailer while traveling on Interstate 90. The accident, which happened just five miles west of Vantage, caused the 45-years-old man to be rushed to the KVH Hospital in Ellensburg.

The accident involved the semi trailer driver, a 54-year-old man, who was not injured in the accident. Both motorists had their seat belt on at the time of the collision and no other vehicles were impacted. The 45-year-old Idaho man was injured but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

While the accident is still under investigation, the WSP claims that the driver behind the wheel of the Toyota Tundra had fallen asleep moments before the collision.
Drivers should not ignore the risks associated with some of the most toxic activities drivers can partake while operating a vehicle.

Drowsy driving, along with distracted and intoxicated driving, is one of the most dangerous activities for motorists. Being serious about their safety means never allowing yourself to be too tired to drive. If you want to put safety first, pull over to a safe spot where you can take a nap to avoid accidents.

When driving with family and friends, make sure others are ready to take over if you’re not rested enough to drive safely. If nobody in your entourage is rested enough to take on the wheel, stop and rest. Ignoring these safety tips may put your life in danger.

While drowsy driving often leads to crashes such as the one we have reported on,drivers should not ignore the risks associated with distractions. In order to make sure you’re protected, put the phone away and alert your passengers that they should not distract you while you’re operating your vehicle.

For more on this accident and the WSP’s investigation, follow this link to read more.


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