A San Luis Obispo man suffered major injuries after rear-ending a tractor-trailer on the Cuesta Grade Tuesday.
The CHP said a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan driving north on Highway 101 just north of Old Stagecoach Road around 12:30 p.m. was reported by motorists as weaving in the far right lane.
The van’s driver, Douglas Foge, 53, was traveling at about 25 miles per hour when he approached the tractor-trailer ahead of him. CHP investigators said Foge may have fallen asleep.
The front end of his van went underneath the trailer so far that the back of the trailer penetrated nearly to the back seats of the van, according to the CHP.
Authorities used a hydraulic saw to free Foge from the van. He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with injuries including a fractured neck, broken thumb and facial lacerations.
He remained in serious condition Tuesday afternoon. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Drugs or alcohol were not thought to have contributed to the incident.