The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed on U.S. 15 and fell onto West Seventh Street earlier this week told first responders he fell asleep at the wheel, according to state police.
Pennsylvania resident Matthew Clayton Black, 31, was alert and conscious when fire and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene of the crash at about 10 a.m. Tuesday to find that the cab of his truck, with Black still inside, lying on West Seventh Street. The trailer remained on the U.S. 15 overpass where the crash occurred.
“EMS made first contact with the driver, and he advised them at that time that he had fallen asleep,” said Cpl. Adam Merkelson, a state police supervisor. “EMS then relayed that information on to us, so it’s still under investigation at this point, but that was our report as of [Wednesday].”
Black was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. He has since been released, according to an email response from Michael Schwartzberg, a hospital spokesman.
Black could not be reached for comment Friday.
No charges had been filed against Black as of Friday, but the crash remained under investigation, said Cpl. Adam Matthai, a state police supervisor.