Court rules US Steel not responsible for crash

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana appeals court has ruled that U.S. Steel isn’t responsible for a crash involving an employee who apparently fell asleep while driving after an 11-hour overnight work shift.

The 3-0 appeals court ruling upheld a Lake County judge’s decision that the steel mill in Gary wasn’t liable for damages to a woman who was badly injured in a 2011 crash.

The Times of Munster reports the woman’s vehicle was hit head-on by a worker after he left the steel mill about 6 a.m.

The court’s ruling released Wednesday say working long hours don’t necessarily affect a person the same as alcohol. The court said it wasn’t clear how an employer could monitor worker fatigue or determine whether the fatigue was sufficient to stop an employee from leaving. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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