Driver Falls Asleep and Crashes Head-On Into Power Pole

A Grand Junction man falls asleep behind the wheel and crashes head-on into a power pole.

The accident happened a little before five Saturday morning at the intersection of Orchard Avenue and Ashley Lane. It closed Orchard Avenue to traffic between 28 3/4 Road and 29 Road for more than five hours.

Officials say 55–year–old Fred Sampson was on his way to work in the oil field when he dozed off. Sampson drifted off the road and smashed into a power pole completely destroying it. Troopers say luckily Sampson wasn't hurt, but that crashes like this are becoming more common because oil field workers work such long hours.

A lot of these oil field guys are working long hours and so we have a lot of these accidents that are a result of the fatigue. Sampson was cited for careless driving. Xcel energy replaced the power pole and no one was injured.


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 6554287 - nbc11news.com/a?a=6554287
Gray Television, Inc.