Bad weather conditions forced an Air-Evac helicopter to divert its flight plan June 10 when it was transporting an Izard Coun-ty woman who suffered multiple fractures after a one-vehicle accident in Viola.
Crystal Ro-berts, 20, of Melbourne, was transported to Ozarks Medical Cen-ter in West Plains after the helicopter re-routed the original plan to transport Roberts to Springfield, Mo.
Roberts was traveling north on Highway 223 and lost control of her 1994 Nissan Pathfinder after attempting to negotiate a curve when she passed another vehicle and skidded approximately 72 feet across both lanes.
The vehicle exited the east side of the highway and overturned twice, ejecting Roberts, according to Cpl. Kenneth Foley of the Arkansas State Police. The vehicle finally came to a stop after plowing through a fence on property owned by Den-nis Perryman.
Roberts was not wearing her seatbelt and she suffered multiple fractures, said Scott Moody, director of Fulton County EMS.
Brenda Hess, wife of one of the Byron first responders, said when she arrived at the scene Roberts was drifting in and out of consciousness and couldn't remember if her children were with her or not at the time of the accident.
Rescue workers and first responders from Salem, Viola and Byron searched the area but were not able to locate any other accident victims.
Hess said, "The first responders were great."
Roberts was transported from West Plains to St. John's Regional Health Center by ambulance.
A spokeswoman from St. John's Regional Health Center said Roberts is in the Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit where she is listed in critical condition.
Foley said damages to Robert's vehicle were estimated at $5,000 and damages to the fence at $250. No citations have been issued.