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Memphis driver crashes car in pond, claims he was drowsy

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Driving while drowsy is a growing issue across the nation and in the Mid-South.

Kormorrius Ousley said he was driving down Shelby Drive near Lamar Avenue on Wednesday when he crashed his Chevy Cavalier.

"I woke up right when I was in the water basically," said Ousley, "I can't tell you anything, I was sleep the whole time."

While he was snoozing, Ousley's car smashed through shrubs and ended up in a pond in front of Apria Healthcare, a company that sells medical equipment.

The impact of the crash woke him up and left him shaken.

"I was actually screaming like a baby," said Ousley.

According to National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of drivers report they have driven a car while drowsy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every year, 100,000 reported crashes are a direct result of driver fatigue.

Based on the study, sleep related accidents are most common in young people, especially men and shift workers. Ousley fits that criteria.

"I was tired, just working really hard and taking my my mother and sister to school and work," he explained.

People who drive commercial vehicles are commonly trained on what to do when he or she gets sleepy at the wheel. It is suggested that drivers pull over, take a coffee break, or find somewhere to stretch.

Ousley says he feels blessed. He was able to escape his sinking car from the passenger side door without getting hurt.

"God was watching over me because I was suppose to hit that pole or a tree," he said.

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