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Alleged: Vehicle Slams Into Wrecker Operator On Shoulder While Loading A Car – GARLAND COUNTY


Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Arkansas State Police Trooper Whitney investigated a hit & run injury crash Monday Night on Highway 70 East.

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Evidence at the scene showed that Ernie’s Wrecker Operator was parked on the clearly marked Westbound shoulder of the new 5 lane U.S. Highway.  The operator was in the process of preparing a car (presumably with mechanical problems) for tow.  The Westbound vehicle approached the rear of the wrecker truck, drifted over the fog line and began driving, at least partially, on the shoulder.  The vehicle struck the driver’s door of the vehicle that was about to be towed and fled Westbound.

The wrecker operator was injured in the crash.

Weather conditions when he crash took place were clear and dry.

Morning Star Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly.  They blocked 1 lane of traffic and assisted with medical care.

LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew and the EMS Supervisor to the scene.  The wrecker operator was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

A second Ernie’s wrecker was dispatched to the scene to complete the job and pick up the injured operator’s wrecker.

Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 40 minutes.