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Drowsy Driving spotlight: The infamous SHC “hit” list returns

Eye-opening data shows we're all falling asleep at the wheel

Drowsy driving happens when we get behind the wheel of the car before we are awake and alert enough to drive. We can still be awake and drive drowsy.

SHC has previously provided long (however incomplete) lists of reports worldwide tracking the widespread prevalence of drowsy driving and how it directly threatens public health and safety. 

Today SHC returns with its infamous “hit” list to drive home the point that drowsy driving is real, it’s happening everywhere with increasing frequency, and it can happen to anyone.

Below, you’ll find reports of accidents in the last 4 weeks (since May 16) which involve people who were either asleep at the wheel or too drowsy to operate a vehicle safely; substance use is not suspected as the cause for these collisions.

Keep in mind, this report covers just over 4 weeks and does not even come close to demonstrating the dangerously ubiquitous nature of these preventable accidents, damage, and fatalities.

Drowsy Driving: Keeping it real

AT LEAST 76 drowsy-driving related motor vehicle accidents
have happened over the last 4 weeks in 27 states and 8 countries 

  • May 16
    • Jamestown, ND || Driver identified in Jamestown area crash
    • Topi Topi, Australia || Female driver and her two passengers escape death ‘after she fell asleep behind the wheel and smashed through a caravan’
  • May 17
    • Boca Raton, FL || Pulling Over Doesn’t Make You Safe Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne
    • Buncombe County, NC || Canton man fights for his life after smashing his truck into an 18-wheeler (video)
    • Hickory, PA || One hurt in Route 50 crash in Hickory
  • May 18
    • Thomasville, GA || Thomasville High School senior killed in crash on eve of graduation
  • May 19
    • Bedford, NH || Sunday crash at Bedford toll plaza claimed life of 22-year-old driver
    • Gainesville, FL || Jack-knifed semi snarls traffic on I-75
    • Upper Macungie Township, PA || Breinigsville newspaper deliveryman charged in hit-run crash, police say
  • May 20
    • Macon, GA || Sleepy Macon driver crashes into embankment
  • May 21
    • Prachin Buri, Thailand || 4 family members killed, 2 injured in car crash
    • San Antonio, TX || SAPD officer dragged behind vehicle after waking sleeping driver in a Whataburger drive-thru
  • May 22
    • Greensboro, NC || Greensboro tractor-trailer crash linked to fatigue
    • Jefferson, WI || La Crosse driver falls asleep before rollover in Vernon County
    • Kadoka, SD || Driver crashes vehicle after falling asleep at the wheel
    • Los Angeles, CA || Huge Hole In Apartment After Crash
    • Webb, NY || Police Probe Cause of Adirondack Road Crash That Killed 2
    • Wexford County, MI || Three injured in Wexford County crash
  • May 23
    • Charlotte, NC || Cars collide on train tracks in west Charlotte (video)
    • Clear Fork Creek, WV || Driver ends up in creek in Rocky Gap
    • Corpus Christi, TX || Ambulance driver allegedly falls asleep, crashes on Harbor Bridge
    • Dearborn County, IN || Three hurt in accident involving semi, INDOT vehicle and landscaping vehicle
    • Huntingtburg, IN || Driver fatigue was reportedly a factor in a Tuesday morning accident south of Huntingburg
    • Limington, ME || Good Samaritan helps Baldwin woman, 70, out of overturned car
    • Quincy, MA || Police say drowsy driver involved in crash
  • May 24
    • Albany, NY || Police: Sleepy dairy truck driver slams into three parked cars, sending one into building
    • Douglas, WY || Driver killed in wreck near Douglas Wednesday morning
    • Hotchkiss, CO || Colorado woman succumbs to injuries from rollover
    • Miller County, MO || Woman Fell Asleep At The Wheel Before Crash On Highway 52, Authorities Say
    • Rogers County, OK || Single-vehicle accident on Will Rogers Turnpike sends three to Tulsa hospital
  • May 25
    • Halifax County, VA || Police: Driver fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into ditch along Route 58
  • May 26
    • Electra, TX || DPS said driver fatigue likely cause of rollover in Electra
    • Vantage, WA || WSP: Driver falls asleep, rolls truck into ditch near Vantage
    • Washington Township, MI || 10-vehicle crash that hurt 4 in Washington Twp. caused by Detroit dump truck driver who fell asleep
  • May 27
    • Marshalltown, IA || Driver falls asleep at the wheel, leaves roadway for ditch, strikes embankment, goes airborne, strikes utility, shearing it off three feet above the base
  • May 28
    • Hyderabad, India || Techie killed in yet another accident on ORR
    • Melbourne, Australia || Taxi ploughs into Pakenham home in Melbourne’s south east
    • Morgan, UT || Driver falls asleep at wheel, causing two-vehicle crash on I-84
  • May 29
    • College Park, GA || Police: Driver falls asleep, strikes College Park officer’s patrol car
    • Ritzville, WA || Mother dies in crash after son fell asleep at the wheel
    • Salinas, CA || Woman killed in accident after driver falls asleep, CHP says

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  • May 30
    • Jupiter, FL ||Tiger Woods Was Asleep at the Wheel, Arrest Report Says

      Curator’s note: Why has this mostly been a national discussion about prescription medications? Why are we not discussing this publicly and frankly as an act of drowsy driving???

  • May 31
    • Hutchinson, MN || Hutchinson Man Injured in Rollover
  • Jun 1
    • Calgary, Canada || Derailment at Calgary’s Alyth Yards caused by tired driver
    • Charlotte, NC || CMPD: Driver falls asleep, crashes into power pole on Eastway Drive
    • Clinton Township, MI || Teen who was run over by semi driver who fell asleep speaks out about recovery (video)
    • Oakland, ME || One person dies after Kennedy Memorial Drive crash that sent three to hospital
    • Surrey County, NC || Driver crashes into school bus after falling asleep at the wheel, troopers say
  • Jun 2
    • Bankura, India || Elderly man killed as truck mows him down in Bankura
  • Jun 3
    • San Angelo, TX || Man Falls Asleep At The Wheel, Crashes Friend’s Car
  • Jun 4
    • Lamoille County, VT || A fatigued driver fell asleep at the wheel in front of the Vermont Flannel Co. in Johnson, crashing through a fence
    • Tacoma, WA || Driver falls asleep at the wheel with a foot on the brake and the motor running
  • Jun 5
    • Duanesburg, NY || Ambulance driver was asleep at the wheel in Upstate NY crash that killed patient
  • Jun 6
    • Detroit, MI || Truck Driver Under Investigation For 10-Car Pileup Commits Suicide
    • Omaha, NE || Convicted drowsy driver must spend passenger’s birthday and death date in jail
    • Prosser, WA || Car falls between overpasses after driver falls asleep
  • Jun 7
    • Wilton, ME || Tractor-trailer hauling 8,500 gallons of water overturns in Wilton
  • Jun 8
    • Houston, TX || HPD: Driver falls asleep at the wheel, crashes SUV in northeast Houston
    • Portland, OR || Man says he fell asleep at the wheel when he crashed into truck, injuring two workers
    • Robinson Township, MI || Car hits semi head-on; 1 critically hurt
  • Jun 9
    • Albury, Australia || Albury man dies after falling asleep at wheel
    • Cary Plantation, ME || Driver crashes pickup truck in Cary Plantation, passenger seriously injured (photo gallery)
    • Deposit, NY || Troopers: Passenger killed after van driver fell asleep at wheel in Deposit
    • Pazardzhik, Bulgaria || Bulgaria Charges 3 After Deadly Migrant Crash
    • Trenton, ME || Drowsy driver’s box truck strikes utility pole near Acadia Fuel
  • Jun 10
    • Sanford, NY || Van driver in fatal crash fell asleep, police say
    • Vernon County, WI || Man falls asleep driving, runs into private lawn
  • Jun 11
    • Isle of Man || Driver falls asleep at wheel
    • Johnstown, PA || Man cited for careless driving after falling asleep at the wheel, hitting house
    • Mumbai, India || Nine perish in Mumbai-Beed bus accident
    • Provo, UT || 6-year-old girl killed in Provo crash identified
    • Salina, NY || Vehicle flips on Onondaga Lake Parkway after driver falls asleep at wheel, sheriff says
  • Jun 12
    • Lee County, GA || Road cleared after car flips on Philema Road
  • Jun 13
    • Lvov Region, Ukraine || Three killed, 10 injured in road accident in Ukraine
    • Ongole, India || Saved by a second: Out-of-control bus stops on the edge of bridge in Andhra Pradesh
    • Sa Kaew, Thailand || More carnage as six dead after “sleeping” minivan driver collides head on with old folk’s pick-up

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