Semi truck driver falls asleep on I80 |

Semi truck driver falls asleep on I80

A semi truck driver fell asleep over the weekend and veered off the road in a single-vehicle accident, sending his passenger to an area hospital, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The 25-year-old passenger was transported to an Evanston, Wyoming hospital, according to Sgt. Bryce Rowser. Rowser said he may have sustained a broken arm. The 46-year-old driver sustained minor injuries, including a burn to his neck from the seatbelt. Neither man’s place of residence was known.

The crash occurred Saturday morning at around 9 a.m. near mile maker 191 in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80. Rowser said the truck careened off to the right and left the road. It then hit an embankment and cleared a fence several feet high before coming to an upright stop. The trailer came to a rest on its side.

The passenger was sleeping in the back of the cabin when the accident occurred and "was knocked around pretty good," Rowser said.

The driver admitted to falling asleep and was cited for careless driving, a Class C misdemeanor. A Class C misdemeanor is punishable upon conviction by up to 90 days in a jail and a $750 fine.

It is unknown how fast the truck was traveling when it left the road. However, Rowser said no reports were made to indicate the driver was speeding, adding he also hadn’t exceeded the maximum number of driving hours allowed.

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"He just happened to fall asleep," Rowser said. "It was pretty crazy though. He cleared an entire fence with his semi."