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Semi overturns on SUV

Thursday, December 27, 2001

TWO DRIVERS NEVER REACHED THEIR DESTINATION: Air-Evac was called out to the scene of an accident for a family traveling out of state for the holiday.
Air-Evac was called out on the morning of Dec. 21 to the scene of an accident for a Henderson man who was trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour. Three persons were injured in the accident.

Gregory Collier, 41, of West Memphis, on his last run before the holiday, was driving a 1997 International flatbed tractor trailer. He was traveling west on Highway 62/412 just west of Viola when he attempted to negotiate a right curve. Collier said he swerved to avoid a vehicle traveling eastbound which had crossed over into his lane. Collier was hauling 612 sheets of sheetrock when he lost control of his vehicle and overturned.

Cpl. Mark Morton of the Arkansas State Police investigated the accident. He said the flatbed overturned onto a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by James Coffman, 67, and his two passengers, Carol Coffman, 45, and Mary Brokaw, 65, all of Henderson. The Yukon spun around, did a half-turn and ended up on the other side of the road and landed in a ditch by a culvert, according to Morton. Morton said the Mountain Home Fire Department had to cut the roof off the Yukon to get out the trapped driver.According to Morton, the family was traveling to Georgia for Christmas. Both vehicles were totaled. Collier said, "I'm shook up about the people in the vehicle." Coffman was transported by helicopter to Baxter Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released on Dec. 26. Carol Coffman was transported by Fulton County Ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.

Brokaw was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center. She was later air-lifted to Cox Health Systems in Springfield, Mo., where she is listed in stable condition.

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