Sleeping driver blamed for I-65 bus crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State police say a bus crashed on Interstate 65 in Lake County this morning after the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel.

The Greyhound bus was carrying about 40 people, and more than two dozen of them were treated at hospitals. Police say none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

State Police Sergeant Ann Wojas says the 46-year-old driver, Darren Duke of Indianapolis, likely fell asleep on Interstate 65 about 15 miles south of Gary. He told investigators that he began his day in Indianapolis about 2:30 this morning, drove to Chicago and was on a return trip about 7 1/2 hours later when the crash happened.

The road was clear and dry. The bus ended up on its passenger side, with its wheels against the concrete barriers in the highway's median and no apparent damage to its roof. The crash caused police to close all lanes of southbound I-65, with northbound lanes remaining open.

Greyhound spokesman Dustin Clark says Duke has driven for the line about 18 years and has a good driving record.

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