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First Responders injured while assisting at accident scene

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A July 31 accident seriously injured three first responders on Hwy. 175 near Hardy. Two victims were air lifted for treatment, and one was taken by ambulance when responders assisting a victim of a one vehicle accident were struck by a passing vehicle. Two others were taken to the hospital in private vehicles for injuries in the accident. Photo/Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
Four Sharp County emergency workers were injured on July 31, three seriously, while assisting with a motor vehicle accident on Highway 175 near Hardy.

According to Arkansas State Police Trooper Dustin Rogers, who worked the accident, Sharp County Deputy Shane Russell responded to a one vehicle accident near Baker Cemetery Road and Highway 175 around 8:30 a.m.

After John Shattuck, 49, of Hardy ran off the road and struck a tree, first responders from Martin Creek and Wirth Volunteer Fire Departments responded to assist.

Deputy Russell witnessed a second vehicle, driven by Carl Barlow, 73, come around the curve where the first accident occurred, cross the center line and hit four first responders at the scene before striking the back of the Wirth Fire Department's brush truck.

Bernadette Freigy, 65, a member of the Wirth Volunteer Fire Department was among the injured. Friegy, of Hardy, was transported by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service to Cave City, where a helicopter flew her to The Med in Memphis for treatment.

Another responder, Katina Baggett, 52, of Hardy, was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

Clarence Baggett, 60, of Hardy was taken by ambulance to White River Medical Center.

The Baggetts were first responders with the Martin Creek Fire Department.

Also injured was Martin Creek Fire Chief William James. He was transported by private vehicle, as was Shattuck, who was injured in the initial accident.

According to the Baggett's son, Josh, Clarence Baggett underwent surgery on July 31 to repair his foot. He also suffered a torn ACL, and a fracture below his knee. He was released from the hospital on Aug. 4 and immediately traveled to Springfield to be with his wife.

Katina Baggett suffered a broken leg, two broken ankles, a fractured hip, a torn liver and facial lacerations. She underwent surgery to repair the broken bones and is recovering in Springfield.

Freigy is in the trauma unit in Memphis, with numerous facial injuries. According to Freigy's husband Stu, Freigy, she is stable.

Josh said, "I want to thank everyone for their prayrs and concern for my parents. I can not express how much I appreciate it."

All four first responders were well off the highway at the time of the accident working with Shattuck.

Barlow was cited for careless driving.

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