Car crash possibly to do with driver’s over use of N95 mask ?

Photo: Lincoln Park, NJ PD

Police in Lincoln Park, New Jersey worked a one car crash a couple of days ago, on April 23rd, where some believe the driver passed out while driving, and crashed, because they had too little oxygen and too much carbon dioxide – due to “over wearing” an N95 mask. What a novel twist on driving impaired

The Lincoln Park Fire Department put this out in a statement “The crash is believed to have resulted from the driver wearing an N95 mask for several hours and subsequently passing out behind the wheel due to insufficient oxygen intake/excessive carbon dioxide intake,” “While we don’t know this with 100% certainty, we do know that the driver had been wearing an N95 mask inside the vehicle for several hours and ultimately passed out while operating the vehicle.”

I’ve worked a few wrecks where people went to sleep behind the wheel, and I’ve worked a few where people had heart attacks or seizure that caused them to not be in control of the car as it drove, but this explanation …. I’m not convinced.

First-off, you don’t need to wear a mask when your alone in your car, but even wearing an N95 for hours seems to me to be nothing more than uncomfortable and a skin irritant, but I’m not an expert on such matters.

What ever happened to just being sleepy?

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