An Ash Flat man suffered a severed arm in a one-vehicle crash Aug 5.
Terry Lee McLain, 41, was driving his 2003 Hummer HH2 southbound on State Highway 289, 4/10-mile north of U.S. Highway 62/412 when he lost control of his vehicle, according to investigating trooper Cpl. Ronnie Stewart. He said McLain crested a hill at a high rate of speed and lost control.
McLain ran off the right side of Highway 289 then overcorrected to the left. He then crossed both lanes and ran off the east side of the road.
McLain's vehicle went through a ditch and struck a fence as it went into a field. The Hummer traveled through the field and hit a tree, spinning 180 degrees clockwise, rolling onto its left side, then vaulted, traveling 47 feet, striking another tree and landing on its right side.
Ash Flat Fire Chief Stacy Horton said McLain's severed arm was in the vehicle when he arrived. "It was pretty gruesome," he said.
Horton said he didn't know how the arm was severed. He said emergency personnel put the arm on ice and transported it with McLain. It's unknown whether medical personnel will be able to reattach McLain's arm.
Spring River Ambulance Service transported McLain to Fulton County Hospital. McLain was then transferred by helicopter to St. John's Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., where he remained as of press time.
McLain is charged with driving while intoxicated, expired tags, careless driving, no insurance and not using a seatbelt.