Car drives into irrigation ditch outside Casper

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 6:30 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In the morning of Wednesday, August 3, emergency crews responded to a call reporting a vehicle that had driven off Highway 20/26 and into a large irrigation canal.

According to a post from the Natrona County Fire District, on arrival, there was only a single occupant in the car. The driver’s head and chest were above the water and they were uninjured from the accident but unable to get out of the vehicle. First responders worked to extract the driver from the car, and help them up the side of the canal.

The driver told first responders that they were headed to Casper, accidentally fell asleep at the wheel, veered into oncoming traffic, and went off the road and into the canal.

At the scene, the driver was assessed by medical personnel and was released with no injuries.

The fire district is using the incident to remind all drivers that if you are feeling tired or afraid that you may fall asleep before you arrive, pull over and rest. Be sure to put your flashers on if you do pull over and get as far off the lane of travel as safely as possible. Walk around away from traffic, get your blood flowing, stretch out, or even nap.

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