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Truck driver Matthew Clayton Black, whose tractor-trailer crashed on U.S. 15 and fell onto West Seventh Street earlier this week, told first responders he fell asleep at the wheel.

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.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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He fell asleep at the wheel, huh? There are Federal laws in place dictating how many hours a day truckers may drive and how many they are required to rest. If this driver was fatigued enough to fall asleep while driving, yet continued to try to do so instead of pulling over to rest, then his license should be revoked. His logs, if they aren't falsified, will reveal to the investigators what kind of hours he was keeping, and he should be damned grateful that he didn't kill anyone through his negligence. And, if the cause of his nodding off was some unknown medical condition, then he should be kept off the roads until testing and a diagnosis have been completed. This could have been a lot worse than it was.


Yes. It was miraculous. And he's alive too. What were the odds! This could have been a disaster.


Yes, it quite easily could have been.


So dramatic.

Falling asleep. You and I don't know any specifics. He may have been driving for 12 hrs or it may have been 4.!

Furthrr consequences will accordingly go without saying.


So dramatic? How's that, Kelly? We all know you claim to own a business that employs truck drivers, so how can you justify one driving when he's so tired that he falls asleep at the wheel? Twelve hours or four hours, what does it matter? If he's tired enough to endanger not only himself, but who knows how many others, on a public road then what reason would he have for not pulling over off the road? Please, enlighten us....... I'd be curious as to how you would explain it away if a overly tired trucker fell asleep at the wheel and killed one of your family members instead of getting off the highway.


I haven't anything to explain.

You wrote a book.

Realty is, everything will fall into place. It always does.


You've nothing to explain because I had too many valid points in my "book."


Yep....so ready to fry someone without anything but speculation. Sure as sunshine wouldn't want you sitting on any jury or we'd all be toast. Drama queen...that's you. Kids write better books.


Falsifying log books is kind of difficult these days w/ the new E log regs . Trust me, I have to answer for late deliveries all the time due to hours of service regs making drivers late.
The DOT will figure it all out. I do business with this company on a daily basis, and they do have a legit safety team in place.
Sorry for the driver, could have been much worse for all involved. If he does have an underlying medical reason for this, I hope he gets treatment. Glad no one else was hurt.

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