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fall asleep at the wheel

To fail to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through before the deadline, but it looks like he fell asleep at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't fallen asleep at the wheel!
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THE orphaned daughter of former Ospreys and All Blacks rugby player Jerry Collins is thriving at her new home in Canada as crash investigators reveal they believe her mother fell asleep at the wheel in the moments before the tragic accident.
The 23-year-old reality TV star was left shocked and scared after her taxi driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and was in a collision with four cars.
FORMER Newcastle United star Scott Sellars walked free after killing a motorcyclist when he fell asleep at the wheel.
FORMER Newcastle United footballer Scott Sellars has been spared jail after killing a motorcyclist when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car.
He thinks he fell asleep at the wheel and that's why he crashed into the vehicle.
It quoted Khaled Al-Juhani, spokesman of Madinah Civil Defence, as saying that preliminary investigations suggest the driver of the bus fell asleep at the wheel.
WALTERVILLE Two Springfield residents were injured Monday afternoon when the driver fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and collided with a 2007 Peterbilt truck pulling two trailers on Highway 126 near Walterville.
A bulgarian trucker who fell asleep at the wheel causing an oncoming van driver to crash into a wall appeared in court yesterday.
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide investigators said Monday that Heredia died after he fell asleep at the wheel, and then his car got stuck in the sand and caught fire.
A BOAT carrying seven tons of diesel ran aground yesterday after its dozy skipper fell asleep at the wheel.
A British rugby fan fell asleep at the wheel of a camper van in New Zealand and collided with a car, killing a young woman.
At 0530, he fell asleep at the wheel and drifted to the shoulder of a highway, eventually swerving off the road.
The family of a motorist killed by a Welsh lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel have launched a road safety campaign in a bid to prevent similar tragedies.
The dangers of fatigue-related crashes were highlighted when Land Rover driver Gary Hart fell asleep at the wheel and careered off the M62 motorway into the path of an oncoming train in Selby, North Yorkshire, in February 2001, killing 10 people and injuring more than 70.
When Gary Hart fell asleep at the wheel, his Land Rover veered onto a railway line and was hit by a train,causing the deaths of 10 people.