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Arkansas State Police Corporal Steed investigated a 2 vehicle injury crash earlier today on Highway 7 South at the Staybridge Hotel.
Evidence at the scene indicated that 1 of the 2 vehicles may have crossed the centerline and sideswiped the front of an oncoming vehicle. At least 1 entire wheel assembly was ripped from 1 of the vehicles as a result of this collision.
Melanie Deann Edwards, 41 of Hot Springs was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI and Careless & Prohibited Driving during the investigation of this crash.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol responded quickly and assisted as needed.
Lake Hamilton Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly, took charge of traffic control, assisted with patient care and handled other duties as required.
LifeNet dispatched at least 1 ambulance crew to the scene. At least 1 person was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 45 minutes. Southbound traffic backed up to Futrell Marine during this event.