Lucky escape for driver near Port Pirie

A driver has escaped serious injury after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving on the Augusta Highway in the early hours of Monday morning.

Just on 4am on Monday 29 March Port Pirie Police responded to reports of a crash on the Augusta highway at Bungama near Port Pirie.

On arrival they located a Holden station wagon lodged in trees with extensive damage to the front of the vehicle.

The driver and old occupant of the vehicle, a 39-year-old man from Mansfield Park was treated by paramedics at the scene but he escaped the crash with only minor injuries.

Police interviewed the driver, who allegedly admitted to falling asleep while driving and only having two hours of sleep in the previous 24 hours.

The Mansfield park man was reported for driving without due care and will be summonsed to appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court at a date to be set.

This crash is a timely reminder of the dangers of driving while fatigued and with the Easter Holiday period about to start, all motorists are encouraged to take regular rest breaks every two hours when driving long distances.

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