Authorities: Semi rollover may be attributed to sleepy driver


August 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Investigators with the Council Bluffs Police Department think an accident Wednesday morning involving a semi which rolled into the median off of Interstate 29, was caused by a sleepy driver. According to reports, semi, driven by 24-year old James Balcome, of Minneapolis, MN, was traveling north on I-29, when the big rig left the road and overturned in the median on the northwest side of Council Bluffs.

Balcome was trapped, standing inside the cab of the truck when authorities arrived. He suffered from scrapes and cuts, but was otherwise uninjured. Police officers had to break out a remaining portion of the cab’s windshield to free the man, who was then able to walk out on his own. He transported to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, for treatment.

Balcome was cited for failure to maintain control of a vehicle.