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Alleged: Wrong Way Driver Crashes..Not Intoxicated – HOT SPRINGS

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Hot Springs Police Officer Ward investigated a wrong way driver crash today around 5PM at the intersection of Grand Avenue at Malvern Avenue.

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Evidence at the scene showed that an Eastbound black truck with Texas tags, that was traveling in the Westbound lanes, struck the front of a small black car at the intersection, continued East and collided head on with a parked SUV in front of the 501 Prime Restaurant.  The small, black car came to final rest partially in the median.  The black truck came to final rest against the front of the parked SUV.

A witness at the scene said that the driver of the black truck may have been “distracted by a dog” as the crashing began.

HSPD Corporal Brown assisted Off. Ward with checking out any possible DWI element to this crash.  Cpl. Brown got about half way through the DWI Standardized Field Sobriety Testing for the driver of the black truck and became convinced that intoxication of this driver was not part of the story here.  They turned the driver loose with no further mention of DWI.  Any possible traffic violation charges for any of these drivers are unknown to me.

Hot Springs Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly and assisted as needed.

LifeNet dispatched at least 1 Ambulance Crew and the EMS Supervisor to the scene.  According to the witness I spoke with at the scene, no one was transported by ambulance from the scene.

Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 45 minutes.