VIDEO: Man diagnosed with sleep apnea after blacking out behind wheel of vehicle


FROM TOWN. SLEEP APNEA IS NOT JUST HARD ON YOUR HEALTH, IGNORING THE SNORE CAN IMPACT THE SAFETY OF OTHERS IN YOUR FAMILY AS WELL. AS TIFFANY HUERTAS REPORTS, ONE MAN LEARNED HE HAD SLEEP APNEA AFTER FALLING ASLEEP BEHIND THE WHEEL.>>HE HAD A VERY INTERESTING STORY THAT WAS DANGEROUS AT THE SAME TIME.>>Reporter: DR. HAWK IS TALKING ABOUT HIS MEDIC ASSISTANT JOE CARRASCO. HE SPENT TIME WORKING IN A MINING OPERATION NEAR CHRISTINE, TEXAS.>>THEY HAD A CODE TO THE POWER PLANT.>>Reporter: HE WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS, A CATERPILLAR 777. THE MAN IN THE PICTURE IS SMALLER THAN THE TIRE. CARRASCO REMEMBERS PARTS OF WHAT HAPPENED DURING HIS OWN ACCIDENT.>>I BLACKED OUT. I WENT THROUGH A DITCH. I THOUGHT I FLIPPED OVER THE TRUCK.>>Reporter: THE TRUCK DID NOT FLIP OVER BUT MARKINGS SHOW WHERE THE MASSIVE MACHINE WENT OFF THE TRAIL. THE 100-TON TRUCK EVEN CRUSHED A CONCRETE MANHOLE COVER. HE WOKE UP IN TIME TO STOP THE MACHINE FROM HITTING A MOUND OF EARTH.>>I HAD A WAKE-UP CALL.>>Reporter: NO ONE WAS HURT. AFTER TELLING HIS SUPERVISOR WHAT HAPPENED, CARRASCO LEARNED HE HAD OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA.>>THE CHANCES OF GETTING INTO AN ACCIDENT IS 15 TIMES HIGHER IN A PATIENT WHO HAS MODERATE SLEEP APNEA.>>Reporter: THERE ARE MORE THAN 18 MILLION PEOPLE WITH SLEEP APNEA IN THE COUNTRY. DR. HAWK SAID TREATING EVERY U.S. DRIVER WITH SLEEP APNEA WOULD SAVE ABOUT $11 BILLION IN COLLISION COSTS A YEAR. CARRASCO IS TREATING HIS SLEEP

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