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Three's a crowd: County deals with three accidents in 48 hours

Friday, April 13, 2012

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On Thursday, April 5, a tanker truck took the curve a little too quickly on the Hwy. 63 By-pass and ended up overturned on the embankment. Photo by Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
Three times in less than 48 hours, wrecks near Hardy and Highland resulted in injury to three drivers.

The first accident, on April 5, occurred near the south end of the bypass at Hardy, when a large truck carrying bacon overturned. The driver was injured, and according to workers on the scene, the accident took hours to clean.

On April 6, a large propane tanker also overturned on the south end of the Hardy bypass. The truck, containing thousands of gallons of propane, made a left turn onto the bypass and overturned, sliding down the highway embankment.

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On Friday, April 6, rescue workers toiled for nearly an hour to free Sally Guest, 63, of Cherokee Village from her damaged vehicle. Guest was air lifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock with serious injuries. Photo by Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
The driver was taken to the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, and released after treatment for minor injuries. Although there were no leaks from the propane tanker, crews took the entire day to off-load the gas onto a second tanker before righting the vehicle for towing.

Arkansas State Police, Sharp County Sheriff's Department and Hardy Police Department worked the accident while three large wreckers from Dail's in Ravenden were finally able to pull the disabled tanker out of the large hole around 4:30 p.m.

At the same time crews were cleaning up the tanker accident, another serious wreck occurred near FM 101 Road and the intersection of U.S. Highway 62/412.

According to Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens, Sally Guest, 63, of Cherokee Village was traveling west on U.S. 62/412 when she crossed the center turning lane into the path of a semi trailer driven by Michael Britt, 44, of Monticello, Ky.

Rescue workers with Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service and local law enforcement worked for nearly an hour to free Guest from her mangled vehicle.

She was then air lifted to St. Vincent's in Little Rock with serious injuries.



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