Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cookeville Woman Falls Asleep at the Wheel

A Cookeville woman , who had reportedly been on the road for 15 hours, fell asleep Thursday morning as she drove down I-40 in Knoxville, slamming her car into the side of a tractor-trailer rig and forcing closure of the Midway Road exit ramp on westbound Interstate 40. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Elizabeth Martin, 21, and her infant son were not seriously injured in the 4:15 a.m. crash, but as a precaution, Martin and her son were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center to be examined. THP Trooper Van Morgan investigated the crash. He said Martin was westbound in the far left lane of I-40 when “she fell asleep and drove her Pontiac Sunfire into the side of a tractor trailer in the middle lane.” The impact ruptured a tank on the rig, spilling diesel fuel onto the off-ramp. Morgan said an environmental cleanup crew was called to the scene to remove the fuel from the ramp. Morgan said the driver of the truck was not injured. The truck was hauling paint mixtures from High Point, N.C., to Jeffersonville, Ind.
The trooper said he cited Martin on a charge of not staying in her lane of traffic.