Driver falls asleep, rams into overpass

SPOKANE - A sleepy driver mowed down one of Spokane?s newest red light cameras at Division and Sprague before hopping up onto the sidewalk and ramming into the railroad overpass.

It happened just after 6 a.m. Friday. The accident closed the two left lanes of Northbound Division during the busy morning commute.

The driver told officers he has been working long hours and fell asleep at the wheel. His truck, towing a trailer, left the road and ended up square on the sidewalk and partially stuck under the railroad overpass.

One of the city?s newest red light cameras that went live on March 10th was a casualty of the accident. Officer Teresa Fuller says it should take about a week to get it back up and running. The intersection is equipped with a second red light camera that still works.

The driver will be cited for negligent driving. He was not injured.

KXLY4's Erik Loney contributed to this report.