Sleepy driver causes major wreck north of Shreveport

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A drowsy driver caused an major accident in Caddo Parish early Friday morning.

It happened just after 5:30 a.m. on Highway 71 north of Louisiana Highway 169.

Deputies say a large delivery truck was headed south and a Ben E. Keith Foods 18-wheeler was headed north. The delivery truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center lane and struck the 18-wheeler. The delivery truck ran off the road and the rig flipped and caught fire.

"The driver was thought to have ejected, (but) he crawled out and got away from the scene because the truck caught fire," said Deputy Michael Gray.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but is expected to be okay.

The delivery truck driver was not injured but he could face charges.