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Garland County Reserve Patrol Lieutenant Hotho investigated the report of a car crash that was heard by a caller to 911 inside their home in the area of Crossgate Church on Highway 70 East very early this morning.
Lt. Hotho had been in the area for several minutes with no luck locating the possible crash. GCSO K-9 Deputy Strickland arrived in the area to help look. Lt. Hotho noticed damage to a guardrail at a bridge in the construction zone where the Bypass Exit Ramp merges with Highway 70. He got out, looked over the edge of the bridge and located a BMW SUV on it’s side in the creek bed approximately 60 feet below.
Evidence at the scene showed that the BMW was traveling east when it exited the right side of the pavement, struck a highway sign, continued at highway speed striking other highway signs and all of the braces on the back side of the guardrail. The BMW launched off of the grass and landed on a concrete slab, bounced off of that, left the ground, went airborne down along the cliff, impacted the muddy creek bed and came to final rest on it’s driver’s side.
Morning Star Fire & Rescue Troops responded to the scene quickly. The driver was injured and his foot was trapped in the wreckage. They were able to free him from being stuck and assisted him with walking up the hill.
LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew to the scene. They transported the patient to the hospital by ambulance.
The vehicle traveled approximately 680 feet from where it left the pavement to where it came to rest. The wrecker that came to get the BMW didn’t have enough cable onboard to support this operation (I doubt that any 1 wrecker truck carries 600 feet of cable). Plans for an additional wrecker to assist were being made when I departed the scene.
Traffic flow was interrupted for at least an hour.