Falling asleep at the wheel of a semi caused an I-64 work zone crash in James City County, Virginia (VA), that left two VDOT contractors injured. The wreck occurred just after 2:00 am on May 11, 2016.
Virginia State Police have charged the driver of a Volvo tractor-trailer with reckless driving. The man admitted to falling asleep before passing by multiple lighted arrow signs to move from the right lane to allow a road crew make repairs to overhead signs. The unconscious commercial driver struck a designated crash truck before careening into in the bucket truck occupied by the two road crew members who suffered injuries.
News reports do not include details on the type of injuries that sent the highway workers to the hospital, but it is known that one of the VDOT contractors was in the extended lift when the collision occurred. That person was ejected from the bucket onto the pavement, and he sustained the most serious injuries.
State officials used news of the accident to remind all drivers to respect work zone warnings and to obey Virginia's move over law. That statute obligates drivers approaching road crews and emergency responders working on the side of the road to slow down and, when possible, change lanes to create a safety buffer.
This work zone crash also highlights the dangers of fatigued driving. Anyone at risk for falling asleep while driving should either stay home or, if they are already on the road, pull over to rest.