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  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • UPDATE: Deputies release description of Fairlea robbery suspect

    UPDATE: Deputies release description of Fairlea robbery suspect

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:14:41 GMT
    A robbery at a video lottery parlor in Fairlea is under investigation by the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office.  Now they are asking for anyone with information on the incident to call them with tips.
    A robbery at a video lottery parlor in Fairlea is under investigation by the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office.  Now they are asking for anyone with information on the incident to call them with tips.
  • BREAKING: Deputies investigate shooting in Montcalm

    BREAKING: Deputies investigate shooting in Montcalm

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:14:06 GMT
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
RALEIGH COUNTY -

The New York Times recently reported that on average, per year, nationwide 730 deadly motor vehicle accidents involve a sleepy driver. And an additional 30,000 nonfatal accidents involve a drowsy driver as well.

59 News talked with those who literally live out on the roads to find out what they see every day.

"Pay attention and keep your eyes moving. It keeps you alert," advises New Jersey truck driver Janice Folb.

Another truck driver explains the reason behind some tired drivers having to be behind the wheel.

"The problem is what most companies do is they make them drive more than they should by threatening them to lose his job. Say he's got a delivery that's hours away. He only has 8 hours on his logbook. The company will actually tell him to go drive it," said driver Mark Marcich.

State Police gave 59 News insight into the worst times of the day for drowsy drivers.

'If it's early morning hours or late in the evening. It's typical if one is getting off work and feeling a bit tired," said Lieutenant D.A. Gunnoe.

Gunnoe gives advice on what to do if you're yawning and your eyes are getting heavy.

"Find a rest area. Find a wide spot where you're way off the road, where there's no dangers of a car hitting you. Take a 15 minute nap if you have to. Get out and stretch your legs. Get the blood flowing."