Police Believe Driver Fatigue to Blame for Rollover on Chapman Ranch Road

A 38-year old woman suffered severe head injuries Tuesday morning after rolling her sport utility vehicle on Chapman Ranch Road.

Witness told Department of Public Safety state troopers that it was around 8 a.m. when the woman's white SUV rolled twice, landing upright in an open field. The 38-year old had to be rushed to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Officers believe the accident was caused by driver fatigue.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60-percent of adult drivers -- about 168 million people -- say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy. More than one-third have actually fallen asleep at the wheel.

In the meantime, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 reported crashes each year are the direct result of driver fatigue, resulting in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.


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