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The driver of a tractor-trailer packed with sawdust and wood chips narrowly escaped serious injury after he reportedly fell asleep, crossed the center line and slammed into a ditch on the opposite side of the road before the rig turned on its side. Legal News Gavel

The crash occurred on Route 150 in Athens. The 50-year-old trucker told responding authorities that he fell asleep while driving and then work up in a ditch. He was transported to a local hospital as a precaution, the Kennebec Journal reported, but was soon thereafter released. It’s fortunate no other motorists were on that particular stretch of road when the truck accident occurred, as these large vehicles have the potential to cause catastrophic and fatal injuries, especially if one were to hit a passenger vehicle head on in the opposing lane.

Drowsy driving is a major problem in the trucking industry, with the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, published annually by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, revealing 13 percent of all commercial motor vehicle drivers were deemed “fatigued” at the time of the collision. The FMCSA defines “fatigue” as exertion – either physical or mental – that results in impaired performance. Truck drivers are especially prone to fatigue because they often suffer from inadequate sleep, brutal work schedules and monotonous work.  Continue reading

If the tractor-trailer was going to overturn anywhere, perhaps it’s best that it occurred in a desolate parking lot early in the morning. However, the accident did injure the driver, who reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel, and came perilously close to injuring two people asleep inside a motor home parked at the edge of the lot. whitesemis

According to state police, the crash happened at a northbound service plaza in Kennebunk, just off the Maine Turnpike. The large truck, which was hauling tons of crushed glass, allegedly spun out-of-control in the lot shortly after 7:30 a.m. The vehicle struck a sign, slammed into two light posts and then overturned on its side. Broken glass was strewn everywhere, as the box trailer was split wide open.

The wreckage came within inches of a motor home that was parked. The two occupants were not hurt, but they were extremely lucky. The vehicle that was being towed by the motor home did sustain minor damage, but the pair was able to drive away later that morning with no issue. Continue reading

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