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Icy bridge causes multiple wrecks

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Friday's wintery weather caused four reported accidents on Highway 63 at Martin Creek Bridge and sent two to local hospitals.

Arkansas State Police Trooper Seth Higginbottom said Leah Hawkins, 32, of Dexter, Mo., was driving a 2000 Chrysler 300M south on Highway 63 around 8:53 a.m. when she began to cross the Martin Creek Bridge.

The icy bridge caused Hawkins to lose control of the vehicle and rotate 180 degrees in the highway before sliding backward into a ditch, Higginbottom said. The car came to rest by striking a tree on the driver's side, pinning Hawkins inside.

Just after Hawkins called 9-1-1 from her cellular phone, another wreck occurred at the same location.

Patricia Hudson, 59, of Cherokee Village was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer south on Highway 63 around 8:55 a.m. when she began to cross the Martin Creek Bridge, said Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page said.

Hudson lost control of the vehicle on the bridge, traveled into a ditch on the west side of the highway and overturned, Page said. The vehicle came to rest upright in the ditch, he said.

A northbound truck swerved to miss the wreck and also lost control on the bridge and ran off the road, Higginbottom said. The driver requested no report be taken.

When the Williford Fire Department arrived on the scene one of the department's vehicles struck the bridge itself, Higginbottom said. No report was taken.

The jaws of life were used to extract Hawkins from the car. She suffered injuries to her left hand, Higginbottom said. Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service transported her to Randolph County Hospital where she was later released.

Hudson had no visible signs of injury at the scene, but was transported to Fulton County Hospital by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service, Page said. She was later released.

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