Drowsy driver ‘very, very fortunate,’ escapes I-70 crash without serious injuries, troopers say

ENGLEWOOD — A man involved in a single-vehicle crash was able to walk away from the wreckage after crashing into trees on I-70 in Englewood Monday afternoon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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The crash was reported around 1 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Hoke Road overpass in Englewood.

The driver of the car, only identified as a man, said he fell asleep behind the wheel and went off the side of the road, Lt. Geoff Freeman, Post Commander of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol told News Center 7. The car slammed into the treeline, sending one of the trees through the back seat of the car.

While the crash trapped the driver inside, the car did not hit a tree on the driver’s side of the vehicle, Freeman said.

“(The driver is) very, very fortunate. Very fortunate it did not hit his area of the passenger compartment,” Freeman said.

The man was able to get out of the car when fire crews arrived and walked from the wreckage to a waiting ambulance. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for observation of minor injuries, Freeman said.

Monday’s crash serves as a reminder of how quickly drowsiness can sneak up on drivers and end up in a very serious crash, Freeman said.

“The takeaway on this one is, if you feel yourself getting tired, it happens really quick, stop the car. Stop your car, get out, get something to drink, get some fresh air, keep yourself from wrecking,” he said.

The driver will be cited for failure to control.

The crash blocked the right lane of eastbound I-70 until about 2:30 p.m., when the car was removed from the treeline.

Additional details were not available.