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Dramatic footage shows how sleeping driver causes fatal crash

The footage was recorded on a dashboard camera Photo: Ash Wakefield

Shocking footage has been released of the moment a van driver fell asleep at the wheel causing a crash that killed a Wiltshire pensioner.

Christopher Trusler had been awake for 14 hours before he fell asleep and drifted onto the wrong side of the road, hitting a vehicle driven by 71-year old David Wakefield from Aldbourne.

Two years later Mr Wakefield's son Ash has released footage of the cash to encourage people not to drive when tired.

It is the two year anniversary of David Wakefield's death. Credit: ITV West Country

Mr Trusler had reportedly been awake for 14 hours before he fell asleep at the wheel.

His flat bed van crashed into a vehicle driven by 71 year old David Wakefield on the A420 near Abingdon.

8
seconds - how long Mr Trusler fell asleep at the wheel

Ash Wakefield says there is a serious problem with people working long hours and then driving.

Loads and loads of people working in this industry have contacted me. One man was saying he does a 36 hour shift and he has like three or four hours rest and then his company expects him to go on. So within the industry it's really, really bad.

– Ash Wakefield

Mr Trusler, who worked for a traffic management company, admitted driving on the wrong side of the road and causing the fatal collision. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

It's difficult to think of something more dangerous than a driver who is falling asleep while at the wheel.

– Judge Ian Pringle
The crash happened on the A420. Credit: ITV West Country
20%
of road accidents are sleep-related
40%
of crashes involve commercial vehicles.

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