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Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Delahunt investigated a serious rollover entrapment injury crash very early this morning in the 700 Block of Ragweed Valley Road.
Evidence at the scene showed that the northbound sedan was left of center when it suddenly began to rotate, then crossed back over the center line, exited the right side of the pavement sideways, collided with brush, struck a small dirt embankment, rolled over at least once, jumped a creek (completely clearing the entire creek bed) and came to final rest on it’s roof with a teenage female passenger pinned between the roof of the car and the ground.
Piney Fire & Rescue Troops led by Chief Scott Miser arrived quickly and got to work seeing how to free the trapped patient. PFD Chief Miser told me at the scene that they used the hydraulic spreaders (jaws of life) to separate (lift) the roof of the car from the ground. Then, they used cribbage (wood/plastic blocking) underneath to keep the car off the ground as they removed the patient. He said that the shifting weight of the wreckage is always a concern and could absolutely injure rescuers and further injure patients if these precautions are not taken. So, they always secure the wreckage before attempting to free a trapped person. In this case, they were able to run a stabilizing strap around trees at the scene to make things more safe.
Arkansas State Police Troopers assisted as necessary.
LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew and the Survival Flight Air Crew to the scene. LifeNet Medics arrived quickly and went straight to the patient at the scene. They were there standing by the second Piney Rescuers were ready to turn the patient over to them. A Piney Rescue Troop jumped in a vehicle and ran down to the helicopter landing zone that was established by another Piney Fire & Rescue Troop in a field around the 500 Block of Ragweed Valley Road. He picked up the Survival Flight Air Crew and shuttled them and their gear back to the scene. LifeNet Medics were already providing medical care in the ambulance when the air crew arrived at the scene.
The patient was treated and prepped for flight, transported by ambulance back to the helicopter, loaded and flown to the hospital.
Ragweed Valley Road was closed for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes at this location.