Did Driver in Multi-Car Crash Fall Asleep at the Wheel?

Did Driver in Multi-Car Crash Fall Asleep at the Wheel?

A multi-car crash caused serious delays on southbound I-15 in Cajon Pass Wednesday morning. The crash occurred around 6:19 a.m. just north of Highway 138. Four vehicles were involved in the accident. A Toyota Tacoma appears to have initiated the crash.

The driver of a Jeep SUV that sustained rear end damage, Patrick Punker, said his was the first vehicle struck by the Tacoma. According to Punker, the Tacoma driver rear ended him at a high rate of speed, then spun into the guardrail. Punker says the driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel, as he made no attempt to avoid the crash.

The two other vehicles involved were a red sedan that sustained front end damage and a Ford Explorer with rear-end damage. It is not clear how those vehicles were hit.

The Tacoma driver was taken to the hospital for unknown injuries. No one else appeared to be injured. The multi-vehicle crash blocked multiple lanes and traffic was backed up to Highway 138 for several hours. Traffic was also at a standstill on Summit Valley Road.

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“Drowsy driving has become a deadly problem in recent years. We hope the injured driver recovers quickly,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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