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NTSB cites fatigue in Okla. crash

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Federal safety investigators say a tractor-trailer truck driver who slammed his rig into a line of cars stopped on a stretch of Oklahoma highway last year, killing 10 people, was likely suffering from fatigue.

Investigators told the National Transportation Safety Board the 76-year-old driver most likely had five hours of sleep before beginning his workday on June 26, 2009. He left Springfield, Mo., just after 3 a.m. By the time he was 90 miles northeast of Tulsa, the accident site, he had been on the road for more than 10 hours.

Creed also suffered from sleep apnea, which causes abnormal pauses in breathing and can prevent restful sleep.The board is meeting at its L'Enfant Plaza headquarters Tuesday to determine the cause of the accident and to make safety recommendations.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  | September 28, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
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