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Hagerstown woman killed in crash

February 24, 1997

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. - Police believe a Hagerstown woman fell asleep at the wheel of her car Saturday night, leading to the crash that killed her.

The 51-year-old woman's car veered off Interstate-70 and struck a tree in the highway's median strip, according to Maryland State Police.

The accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. on westbound I-70, just west of Mount Tabor Road, police said

Police believe Carol Lynne Rose fell asleep at the wheel of her 1993 Nissan Altima. The driver's side of the car hit the tree, police said.

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Rose was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Driving when you're tired can be just a dangerous as driving while intoxicated, said Trooper Alice Godlove.

Many times, people realize they're tired but are so determined to get to their destination that they press on, Godlove said.

Drivers can't rely on caffeine to keep them awake, said Godlove, who recommends sleepy drivers look for a rest stop or other safe spot where they can get a little sleep.

"I think if you're tired, just find someplace safe to pull over and take a nap," she said.

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