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Sleepy Truck Driver Crashes on I-5

A truck driver escaped injuries in a car accident caused by him falling asleep at the wheel, according to news reports.

The trucking accident occurred in Skagit County on Monday when the tractor-trailer was headed for Lynden around 5 a.m., according to a Washington State Patrol spokesperson.

The sleepy driver lost control of the vehicle and drove off the roadway, crashing into a median at milepost 236, near Bow Hill. The truck, which was full of frozen produce, flipped onto its side.

Thankfully, the driver was not injured in the crash. He will likely be cited for the accident once the investigation is completed, according to news reports.

Both north and southbound lanes of I-5 were closed after the collision, causing backups for miles in both directions, according to news reports. The lanes were back open around 10 a.m.

As a Spokane car accident attorney, I’m glad to hear that the driver was not seriously injured in this accident. I hope this incident reminds drivers that driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as distracted driving and driving under the influence.  I hope the trucking company this man works for reminds their truck drivers of the importance of sleep and driving only while fully awake and alert.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Spokane.