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ISP Driver falls asleep at the wheel on I-65

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A Morton Grove, Ill., man fell asleep at the wheel on I-65 in Lake County on Sunday, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 3:20 p.m. Chester Tanaka, 54, was northbound on I-65 when he fell asleep at the 239 mile marker, one mile south of Lowell exit. Tanaka’s Honda left the road to the right and when he awoke he was in the gravel off the outer shoulder, police said. Tanaka overcorrected to the left, then back to right and off the road, where the Honda rolled twice before coming to rest facing west in a corn field approximately 50 feet east of I-65, police said.

Tanaka was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries and was listed in serious condition there, police said.

Tanaka’s wife and front-seat passenger, Cynthia Tanaka, 51, and their son, Kevin, 14, a back-seat passenger, were also transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said.

The Honda was a total loss.

All three were wearing seat belts and side air bags deployed, police added.



Posted 9/30/2013