RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) — Two people were hospitalized after a driver fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed on Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova over the weekend, the California Highway Patrol said on Monday.
The CHP said the crash happened at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the eastbound lanes of the highway just east of Bradshaw Road.READ MORE: Video Released Of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Of Tahoe Park Resident Who Shot At Authorities
The driver fell asleep and drifted into the center median. The impact caused the vehicle to drift back across all lanes into a metal guard rail along the side of the highway.
See photos from the crash below.READ MORE: Coroner Identifies Passenger Killed In Wrong-Way DUI Crash On Highway 99
According to the CHP, the driver and their passenger had to be removed from the vehicle and were hospitalized with moderate to serious injuries.
The CHP said this crash should serve as a reminder to be cautious about driving while tired.MORE NEWS: Looting Suspect Accused Of Dozens Of Thefts Arrested In South Lake Tahoe
“The driving patterns for someone who is tired/fatigued can be very similar to someone who is driving while under the influence. If you find yourself having a hard time staying awake while driving, please exit the freeway and find a safe place to pull over,” the agency said in a news release. “Take a nap, drink some coffee, have a more alert driver take over for you, or call for a cab/Uber/Lyft. Whatever you do, don’t continue to drive until you can do so safely.”