Burlington Man Falls Asleep at the Wheel, Causes Serious Injury

It was a bad situation yesterday afternoon on US 34 after a driver fell asleep at the wheel.

57-year-old Benny Stoltz of Burlington was 1/2 mile east of Carman Road, traveling westbound, when he fell asleep, crossed the center line, and struck a vehicle carrying 43-year-old Brian Lane of Mount Union,who was the driver, and 41-year-old Jennifer Lane of Mount Union, the passenger. After the collision, the vehicle driven by Lane traveled off the road and overturned. The passenger, then had to be extricated by emergency personnel and flown to Iowa City Hospital with serious injuries.

Also in the accident was a third driver, 18-year-old Katie Heidersheit of Arenzville, Illinois. Heidersheit was behind the couple from Mt Union, and was also struck on the front. She was treated at the scene for a minor injury. Stoltz, the man who had fallen asleep, was treated for a minor injury also. He was cited for improper lane usage.