Police: UPS driver fell asleep, causing crash that shutdown I-95

By Amy Cherry 12:00pm, June 27, 2014 - Updated 4:33pm, June 27, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports with video from NBC 10.
State police say the driver of a tractor trailer fell asleep behind the wheel, causing a crash that shutdown I-95 and snarled traffic during morning rush hour.

It happened just after 4 a.m. Friday.

Police say Phillip Bates of York, Pa., was driving a tractor trailer, hauling cargo, on I-95 near the I-295 merge when he traveled off the roadway and struck a guardrail.

The tractor trailer then overturned, blocking the I-95 southbound lanes and was struck by a passing car.

Bates was trapped in the wreckage and had be extricated by firefighters. He's been taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries along with the driver of the other car involved in the accident.

Bates was issued a citation for inattentive driving. The crash shutdown I-95 at Rte. 141 for four hours, causing for an even busier morning than usual for drivers with I-495 remaining closed.

In a written statement, Dan McMackin with UPS said their safety team is investigating the cause of the crash.

"We care deeply about the safety of our people and the public we serve," he said.

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