Two Escape Injuries After Driver Allegedly Falls Asleep at the Wheel

car-accident-graphic-5254_jpg_475x310_q85-300x225 ROSE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, a one-vehicle crash occurred after the driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel on December 26 around 12:10 p.m. in Rose Township, Jefferson County.

Police say the crash occurred as 57-year-old Gregory L. Rinkus, of Franklin, was traveling east in his 2008 Subaru Legacy, along I-80 at mile marker 76.

According to police, Rinkus allegedly dozed off as the vehicle drifted from the right lane, across the left lane and onto the north berm which awoke the driver. He steered to the right abruptly which caused the vehicle to begin to slide back across the roadway as it also spun in a clockwise direction.

The vehicle slid over the south embankment and impacted a group of small trees.

The vehicle came to rest within that group of trees facing west.

There was one passenger in the vehicle, 88-year-old William Rinkus of Indiana, Pa.

Both the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts and neither was injured.

The State Police were assisted at the scene by Corsica VFD, Brookville VFD, and Jefferson County EMS.

The vehicle was removed from the scene by Leadbetter’s Auto.

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