Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Arkansas State Police Trooper First Class Wingo and Sergeant Steed investigated a 4 vehicle crash on last Wednesday (following the severe storm that hit West Garland County that afternoon) on Highway 70 West near Cimmaron Street.
Evidence at the scene showed that the Westbound BMW was in the process of overtaking the Westbound white Chevrolet pick-up truck when it’s rear end swung around and placed the BMW directly in front of the white truck. This created a T-bone collision scenario between the 2 – at highway speed. After impact, the BMW rotated, crossed the center line and struck the Eastbound black Chevrolet pick-up truck head on; only, the BMW was traveling backwards at impact. The front of the black truck and the rear of the BMW made contact at highway speed causing catastrophic damage to the rear of the BMW and heavy damage to the front of the black truck. Both the BMW and the black truck came to final rest in the highway near the area of impact. The white truck turned around and drove back to the scene to meet with troopers. A 4th blue vehicle suffered some degree of flying debris damage during the collisions and pulled over to handle their business.
70 West Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly. They took charge of traffic control, assisted with accessing patients, assisted with medical care, assisted with debris and automotive fluid cleanup duties and otherwise assisted as needed.
LifeNet dispatched At least 1 Ambulance Crew and the EMS Supervisor to the scene. At least 1 injured person was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Both the BMW and the black truck were towed from the scene. The other 2 vehicles were drivable.
Traffic flow was interrupted for at least an hour and a half.