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Salem teen injured in crash

Thursday, April 25, 2002

A Salem High School student's condition is listed as fair at UAMS Medical Center where he is being treated for head injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident April 21.

Zachary Montgomery, 17, was riding a four-wheeler on a farm in the Salem area early Sunday morning when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree, according to Garrett Smith, a family friend.

Friends at the scene of the accident drove Montgomery, who was conscious, to his home, Montgomery's aunt, Donna York said.

Smith said Montgomery was transported to the Fulton County Hospital by his mother and then he was transferred by helicopter to UAMS Medical Center where he remains. Montgomery's sister, Haley, 23, of Beebe was waiting at UAMS when her brother arrived.

York said her nephew is classified as a trauma one patient and has been seen by a trauma team and a neurological team. She said no surgeries have been performed and the family is hoping that none will be necessary.

Montgomery sustained a fracture at the base of his skull on both sides with bleeding and swelling, York said.

York said a CT Scan was performed April 22 which showed no additional bleeding or swelling. She said her nephew is conscious at times and he became aware of his condition around 2:30 p.m. April 22.

Friends, church members and students have been of tremendous support during this ordeal. York said his mother appreciates all the support the community has shown.

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