Trucker Admits He “May Have Fallen Asleep” Before Smashing Into Vehicle Along Interstate
Washington County, WI – Authorities in Washington County say a trucker admitted he “may have fallen asleep” just before the semi he was driving struck a pickup truck on Thursday morning.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), the accident occurred on Interstate 41, just south of Highway 60, around 5:30 a.m.
Local outlet FOX6 reported officials arrived to the scene to find a “severely damaged” pickup truck in a ditch.
The white Freightliner involved in the accident was located in the median.
WCSO deputies did not locate anyone inside the damaged pickup and began searching the area, believing occupants may have been ejected from the vehicle as a result of the collision.
Following a search, it was determined the truck had been parked on the shoulder prior to the accident and was unoccupied at the time of the crash.
Authorities said the truck’s driver, who was only identified as a 57-year-old man from Appleton, WI, said he did not know how the crash happened.
However, he allegedly told investigators he “may have fallen asleep.”
WSCO said the truck was loaded with 12,000 lbs. at the time of the crash.
The trucker was thankfully not injured.
WSCO Sheriff Martin Schulteis praised the newly installed high tension cable barriers, which he credits for potentially saving lives during the accident.
“These cables are designed to detach from the posts and absorb the energy of vehicles,” Sheriff Schulteis stated. “This device prevented a cross-over type secondary accident that has the high probability of becoming fatal.”
An investigation is underway and charges are pending, WSCO said.