Semi driver falls asleep, crashes into tree on state Route 8

May 25, 2013 

A semitrailer driver is being accused of negligent driving after falling asleep at the wheel Saturday morning and crashing into a tree on state Route 8, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash was reported near the U.S. Highway 101 interchange. The driver was not injured but was cited for second-degree negligent driving, said trooper Guy Gill.

“When we got to the scene and contacted the driver of the semi, he admitted to falling asleep at the wheel,” Gill said.

The crash blocked the two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of state Route 8 for several hours. The front end of the vehicle was destroyed, Gill said.

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