Sleep-deprived trucker forces evacuation in Vermont

ASCUTNEY, Vt., 11/22/05
A tractor-trailer driver who fell asleep at the wheel crashed on I-91, causing a rollover and forcing the evacuation of about 300 residents and two schools Monday. Officials said the tractor-trailer was carrying sodium persulfate, a strong oxidizer, along with several flammable materials which combined could have caused a toxic chemical fire. Fire crews evacuated the area as a precaution. No injuries were reported. See article.
While there were no injuries reported, the incident underscores widespread challenges with driver fatigue and handling of hazardous substances in the trucking industry.

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