Dozing driver said cause of 202 head-on crash

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First responders work the scene of the Oct. 20 accident on Route 202. (JT Harmon photo)

LEBANON - A head-on collision between a semi tractor-trailer and a passenger car on Route 202 was the result of the car's driver falling asleep at the wheel, a Maine State Trooper who responded to the crash said today.

Maine State Trooper Mike Pappas said the injured man suffered minor cuts and bruises in the early morning Oct. 20 crash. No charges were filed, he said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was unhurt.

The crash closed the roadway for three hours.

Lebanon Fire and EMS crews were dispatched around 1 a.m. and found a passenger car and a tractor trailer both with heavy damage on opposite sides of the roadway in the area of 653 Carl Broggi Hwy. Debris was scattered across the road, and there was a significant amount of diesel fuel and motor oil that had leaked out of the truck.

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