Drowsy driving possible factor in early morning crash between car and semi on I-80

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SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4utah) – Drowsy driving is being considered a factor in crash on I-80 between a passenger car and semi early Tuesday morning. 

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jacob Cox said the crash happened near 400 East on I-80 at 4:30 a.m. Troopers believe the 28-year-old driver of a passenger car that was headed east fell asleep and drifted into the right concrete barrier.

The impact caused the car to roll and come to a rest on its top in the travel lane. A semi truck also traveling east in the same area was unable to avoid the car, clipping the corner of the car with the front of the semi.

The car spun into the left concrete barrier and caused significant damage to the semi and the car.

The car’s driver, who was the only occupant, was transported to St. Marks with broken bones and other non-life-threatening injuries. The semi driver was not injured.

UHP would encourage all drivers to remember that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. If you are tired, please exit the freeway, pull over in a safe place, and get some rest. It is always better to arrive a little late than to take an unexpected trip to the hospital. 

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