Sleeping drivers cause two accidents on I-84

NEWTOWN -- Two drivers escaped injury after falling asleep on Interstate 84 Sunday within 15 minutes of each other.

State police from Troop A responded to the first accident, at 4:15 a.m. on I-84 in Newtown.

A 50-year-old man from Oxford feel asleep at the wheel while traveling east in his 1999 Ford Ranger, according to the police. The man's truck drifted off the road, crashed into a police of rocks, then came to rest in a ditch. The truck's air bags were deployed, allowing the man to emerge from the wreck unscathed.

Fifteen minutes later state police responded to the other accident, in the westbound lanes near Exit 9.

Police said a 22-year-old woman from New Fairfield fell asleep at the wheel in her 2000 Nissan Sentra.

The vehicle drifted into the highway's median and struck a metal guardrail, jarring the woman awake, at which point police said she tried to get the Sentra under control.

The woman overcompensated when turning the steering wheel, causing the car to spin, cross two lanes of traffic, and crash into a wire guard rail.

The woman was issued a ticket for making an unsafe lane change.