Allegedly sleeping driver causes accident at I-5, Interstate 205 junction
by TP staff
Jul 12, 2013 | 7007 views | 5 5 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An alleged sleepy motorist rolled his truck down an embankment at the junction of interstates 5 and 205 around 2 p.m. on Friday, July 12, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP spokesman David Slate said the driver had reportedly fallen asleep behind the wheel while going eastbound on Interstate 205 near the northbound junction of I-5.

He said the driver allegedly awoke and overcorrected his steering wheel, hitting the back area of the big rig before crashing through a guardrail on the right shoulder of I-5.

The truck rolled down the embankment and came to rest on its roof, Slate said.

The driver had minor injuries, but the passenger reportedly became trapped inside the truck and sustained a broken arm and leg.

Both men were taken by ambulance to San Joaquin General Hospital.

The roadway was reopened to traffic at 2:47 p.m.

  • Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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Sneaky
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July 14, 2013
These sorts of inattentive, irresponsible, morons foul up traffic every other day of the week. The problem is that there is no disincentive in place to discourage the type of carelessness that leads to the wrecks. My idea is this: charge the party at fault for each man hour lost. It would work like this. Based on census data come up with an estimate of the average salary of the folks sitting in traffic. Estimate how many were delayed. Then estimate how many man hours extra were spent sitting in traffic. Then send a bill to the party at fault for the accident and distribute the fine to all of the affected drivers. If the goof at fault for the wreck cant pay it; tough titty. I guess he or she works for life to pay it off.
Sneaky
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July 14, 2013
I may sound like an excessive punishment but I bet you it would cut down on these types of accidents.
ChrisRoberts
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July 13, 2013
Sleeping at the wheel is the new translation for "truck driver twacked out of his mind on methamphetamine".
ChrisRoberts
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July 14, 2013
I will as soon as you legally change your name. How does if feel to have a similar first name as someone on "dog the bounty hunter"? How drunk was the person who named you?


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