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Sleeping driver blamed for 6-vehicle crash: OPP

Police in Perth County responded to a six-vehicle collision near Listowel earlier this month. A 74-year-old Waterloo man has now been charged with careless driving.

Waterloo man, 74, charged with careless driving

Police say a Waterloo man has been charged with careless driving following a six-vehicle collision east of Listowel earlier this month. (Samantha Samson/CBC)

A 74-year-old Waterloo man has been charged with careless driving after police say he fell asleep at the wheel and caused a six-vehicle collision.

The collision happened on Perth Line 86 at Line 131 east of Listowel on Aug. 9 just after 3:30 p.m.

Police, paramedics and fire crews were called to the crash that involved a bus and five other vehicles. The bus was transporting factory workers at the time.

Minor injuries were reported.

Perthy County OPP says people falling asleep at the wheel "is a serious concern."

"In Canada, 20 per cent of fatal collisions are linked to driver fatigue and being tired slows your reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs judgment to a similar affect like alcohol or drugs," police said in a release.

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