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Man drives over embankment on North Ave. in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A driver in Burlington is lucky to be alive.

A crash near Burlington High School shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday closed North Avenue for about an hour. Fire officials say an elderly man fell asleep at the wheel and drove over an embankment. He was the only person in the car.

"More people on the road or somebody on the sidewalk that he could have hit and taken out. If this had been later at night he may not have been discovered until in the morning when people are jogging and stuff, so he's very fortunate that somebody saw it, noticed it and called us," said Burlington Fire Captain Ed Webster.

The man was taken to the hospital for a small cut on his head. No one else was hurt.

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