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Injury Head-On Crash Involving A New Wrecker Truck – GARLAND COUNTY

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Arkansas State Police Corporal Garner investigated a 2 vehicle head-on injury crash this afternoon on South Moore Road near the Charming Heights Road Intersection.

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Evidence at the scene showed and witness statements told that the southbound Ford SUV was cresting the hill when it drifted off the right edge of the pavement and immediately fell down a very sharp and steep drop-off into a ditch.  The driver gave steering input in an attempt to get the SUV back correctly onto the pavement.  The result of that action was that the SUV over shot the southbound lane, crossed the center line at the crest of the hill and slammed head-on into the brand new, northbound Holcomb’s Transport & Recovery regular duty, rollback wrecker truck.  The force of the collision resulted in the SUV spinning 180°and coming to final rest on the southbound fog line and blocking the southbound lane.

After impact, the wrecker truck exited the right side of the pavement, struck residential trash cans, a cemented mailbox fixture, a chain-link fence and came to final rest in a yard adjacent to a residence at this location.

Off duty Hot Springs Police Officer Plyler is a Traffic Collision Reconstruction Investigator and was among the first to stop and render aid.  He assisted as necessary.

The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol assisted as necessary.

70 West Fire & Rescue Troops including Chief Carlisle responded quickly.  They took charge of traffic control, set a fire watch, assisted with medical care (they have nurses and other medical professionals that volunteer on the squad – just like most of the fire departments in Garland County), assisted with clean-up duties and otherwise assisted as needed.  At least 1 of their nurses responded to this event.

LifeNet dispatched at least 2 Ambulance Crews and the EMS Supervisor to the scene.  All 3 occupants of the 2 vehicles were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Holcomb’s Transport & Recovery took charge of their disabled truck and removed it from the scene.

Traffic flow was re-routed for approximately 2.5 hours.