Woman Airlifted After Crash Involving Semi Driver Who Fell Asleep On US-23

May 15, 2019 - 4:20 pm

WHITMORE LAKE (WWJ) - Two people were injured, one of them critically, after police say a semi truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel on US-23.

The freeway was closed in both directions following the incident at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, near the border of Livingston County and Washtenaw counties.

"The driver told troopers on the scene he was traveling northbound on US-23 and he apparently fell asleep," said Michigan State Police Sgt. Robert Mossing. "And after he fell asleep, the road took a slight turn to the right, in which he continued going straight." 

Mossing said that's when the semi collided with another northbound vehicle in the lane beside him, pushing it into the guard rail. The semi then crossed the median, into the southbound lanes where it struck a pickup truck.

Both the semi and the pickup ended up in a wooded area off the side of the freeway. 

"The female in the pickup that was heading southbound, she was airlifted to U of M, and last we knew she was in surgery," Mossing said. 

The person in the other vehicle hit by the semi was also taken to a hospital in stable condition, Mossing said, while the semi driver was not injured. 

Mossing said it's not known if any charges are possible against the semi driver as the investigation continues.

All lanes of both northbound and southbound US-23 have been cleared and reopened. However, drivers were urged to expect residual delays during the afternoon commute. 

Stay with WWJ for the latest updates, every 10 minutes on the 8s. LISTEN LIVE!!