A wreck at the intersection of Highway 62/412 and Liberty Hill Road in Highland July 7 seriously injured two and sent two others to a local hospital, said Highland Police Chief Bea Sharp.
The wreck occurred around 12:30 p.m. when Phyllis Jurczyk, 81, pulled her 1996 Plymouth onto the highway from Liberty Hill Road into the path of an eastbound 1998 Saturn driven by Brandy North, 24, of Cherokee Village, Sharp said.
Jurczyk's vehicle came to rest in a wooded area across the highway. North's vehicle came to rest in the highway. Traffic was reduced to two lanes until the debris could be cleared from the highway.
Hardy Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate Jurczyk, of Ash Flat, from the car, Sharp said. It marked the first time mutual aid had to be used since the majority of the Highland Fire Department resigned June 30, according to Sharp County Central Dispatch personnel.
Air Evac landed on a lot on Liberty Hill Road and transported Jurczyk to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., where she underwent surgery, Sharp said. Jurczyk remained in the neurotrauma intensive care unit as of press time July 10.
Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service transported North to White River Medical Center in Batesville. North underwent surgery, Sharp said. North was in the women's unit in stable condition as of press time, according to a hospital spokesman.
Jurczyk's passengers, Kyle Jurczyk, 16, and Kaleb Woten, 15, both of Hardy, were both transported to Fulton County Hospital. The two had been discharged as of press time.
Sharp County Sgt. Stan Haney, reserve officer Ralph Sharp and Ash Flat Police Chief Mike Zeiger assisted at the scene.