Woman Falls Asleep at Wheel on Route 34

Ansonia woman is doing OK, police say.

A Valley woman is doing OK in a local hospital after falling asleep at the wheel on Route 34 - Roosevelt Drive - in Oxford Wednesday morning, police said.

The woman, who is from Ansonia but whose name was not immediately released by police, told police she fell asleep at the wheel of a the Jeep Liberty she was driving home after working a night shift, said Oxford Police Cpl. James Burr.

The accident occurred at 7:50 a.m. near the Stevenson Dam on the Monroe line when the woman drifted off one side of the road when she fell asleep, Burr said. The sport utility vehicle hit a large rock, crossed both lanes of Route 34 and hit trees on the opposite side of the road, he said.

The woman told police she could get out of the vehicle but extricated her by removing the door of the Jeep as a precautionionary measure, Burr said.

He said the woman sustained minor injuries, including a hand injury, and was sitting up and talking at Griffin Hospital today.

Burr said Route 34 in Oxford was closed for about an hour, forcing drivers on the heavily-traveled road to find an alternate road during rush hour.

Burr did not provide further details early Wednesday afternoon, such as whether the woman would be given a driving infraction, because he was still working on the police report. We will fllow up this article.


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