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Arkansas State Police investigated a 2 vehicle, sideswipe injury crash yesterday afternoon on Highway 270 West near Disney Street.
Evidence at the scene suggested that the westbound minivan crossed the centerline and slammed into the front driver corner of the eastbound 18-wheeler. After the vehicles made contact, the minivan continued a short distance before coming to final rest in the westbound lane. The 18-wheeler lost it’s front driver side wheel at impact, crossed the centerline, exited the left side of the pavement, and came to final rest blocking most of the highway.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol responded quickly and assisted as needed.
Piney Fire Troops responded quickly and took charge of blocking traffic. They also assisted with patient care and clean-up duties.
LifeNet dispatched at least 2 Ambulance Crews to the scene. At least 1 injured person was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Troopers pulled several open bottles of alcohol from the minivan during the collision investigation. The troopers told me that they will absolutely investigate the possibility of alcohol being a factor in this crash, but they were not able to confirm alcohol involvement at the scene.
The 18-wheeler was reportedly carrying cardboard.
Holcomb’s Transport & Recovery responded to the scene with their heavy wrecker and their medium duty wrecker. They took charge of the 18-wheeler and removed it from the scene.
Traffic was re-routed around this area for at least an hour and a half.