No one sustained any major injuries in the accident, which occurred on Tuesday in Salt Lake City
A woman in Utah survived a rollover crash that occurred after she fell asleep at the wheel on Tuesday.
On Friday, Salt Lake City police officers issued a statement about the crash in an attempt to warn people about the dangers of driving while drowsy.
According to the statement, the accident happened while the unidentified woman was traveling south on 700 East. At the scene, she told the responding officers that she had fallen asleep at the wheel before her car drifted off the road and hit a fire hydrant.
The impact of the crash caused the hydrant to move off of its base which led the woman's car to "go airborne, crash, roll, and then land upright," per the statement.
Upon landing, the woman's car hit two other cars. The two people in those cars sustained minor injuries and were able to drive themselves to the hospital. In its statement, the Salt Lake City police said it's remarkable that no one involved in the crash sustained more serious injuries.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a section of the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 684 deaths from drowsy driving related crashes in 2021. The NHTSA reports that these types of crashes often happen in the early morning hours between midnight and 6 a.m. and in late afternoon hours. They often occur when a single driver is alone in the car.
The NHTSA recommends making sure you've slept enough before getting behind the wheel and checking your medication labels for any side effects of drowsiness before driving.
In its statement, the Salt Lake City Police Department also recommended that drivers stop the car and pull over when they begin feeling tired. The statement also warned people that opening windows or playing music in an attempt to wake themselves up has been proven ineffective by research.
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