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Arkansas State Trooper Whitley investigated this wild, rollover, entrapment injury crash late last night on Highway 70 East out past Cloud 9 RV Park.
The crash was still under investigation when I went to quizzing the Troopers. So, they weren’t ready to comment, but evidence at the scene indicated that the westbound Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck exited the right side of the pavement, struck the embankment and at least 2 trees, came back onto the pavement and came to final rest on it’s driver’s side. The driver was trapped inside the vehicle.
A dog, now known to me as “Roscoe”, was inside the Toyota during the rollover crash. Everybody at the scene (that didn’t have their hands full) checked on Roscoe and said “hi”. A bottle of water was made available to the very calm & cool dog. He was so calm and agreeable that a motorist who had rolled up to the scene (Shawn Portier) was happy to take charge of the dog. The Heroes were able to pull some dog gear (including a new bag of dog food) from the wreckage and send it with Shawn and Roscoe. A pic was posted on the Arkansas 911 News Facebook Page after the crash that showed Roscoe relaxing on his temporary bed at his new foster home. He will be cared for by Shawn until he is able to be reunited with his owner.
A second vehicle, an Acura Coupe, was also wrecked at the scene. It is possible that the Acura was also traveling West behind the Toyota and struck it as it was either crashing or after it came to final rest in the roadway. After contacting the Toyota, the Acura exited the right side of the pavement, traveled along the muddy roadside and came to final rest at the tree line.
This crash is supposed to have been a 3 vehicle crash. The only other vehicle at the scene that had body damage was a white Dodge car. It appeared like the Dodge may have caught some debris from the crash in the front grill area of the vehicle as it was in the process of passing by these other 2 vehicles. But, what exactly happened out here was unknown when I departed the scene.
Morning Star Fire Troops lead by Captain Thompson were very quick to arrive on scene. By the time I made it from McClard’s BBQ on Albert Pike to the scene, they had made it to the scene with at least 2 fire trucks, laid out a fire hose, had people suited up, cut the roof from the truck and had the patient on the stretcher.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol was on scene and assisted as needed.
LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew to the scene. The driver of the Toyota was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately an hour.