Bus driver falls asleep, wakes up in I-65 ditch

2013-10-15T07:55:00Z 2013-10-15T23:38:06Z Bus driver falls asleep, wakes up in I-65 ditchTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 15, 2013 7:55 am  • 

A Chicago bus driver was transported to an area hospital early Tuesday after falling asleep behind the wheel and rolling the bus onto its side on Interstate 65 before waking up in a ditch.

There were no passengers on the bus.

Indiana State Police said Dwane Jackson, 41, was driving a 1999 Prevost passenger bus for North American Charter Lines of Bolingbrook, Ill. At 1:22 a.m., Jackson was traveling northbound on I-65 in the right lane at the 238 mile marker, about 2 miles south of the Lowell exit.

The bus ran off the road from the left side of the interstate and rolled onto the passenger side. Police said the bus came to rest against a center strand barrier cable.

Crews extricated Jackson from the bus and transported him to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening head and shoulder injuries.

Jackson told officials at the scene he was driving in the right lane, fell asleep and woke up in the ditch.

The left lane was closed for more than two hours while crews worked to extricate Jackson and remove the bus from the interstate.

Jackson was cited for failure to retain his previous seven days log and for unsafe lane movement, police said.

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