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Six people were transported for injuries with two patients sustaining serious injuries after a motor vehicle collision with entrapment occurred on Monday afternoon on Crow Mountain Road near the intersection of Double Springs Road.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 13, the Arkansas State Police, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Pope County EMS 133, Pope County EMS Rescue 140 and the Crow Mountain Fire Department were dispatched to the collision that involved two vehicles.
Responders arrived on the scene of the crash and located a black Chrysler Pacifica in the roadway that had sustained heavy damage to its driver’s side and a white Ford Taurus along the shoulder of the road that had sustained heavy damage to its front end.
Responders made contact with the occupants of both vehicles and confirmed the entrapment with dispatch.
Pope County EMS 133 and Pope County EMS Rescue arrived on scene a short time later and EMS personnel advised dispatch that there were six patients. One of the patients had sustained serious injuries and another patient was trapped inside their vehicle and required extrication. Due to the serious injuries the driver of the Pacifica had sustained, an air ambulance was contacted and dispatched. Due to the number of patients injured in the crash, a second EMS unit was dispatched and at that time, Pope County EMS 138 checked en route to the scene.
EMS Rescue personnel began extrication efforts as EMS 133 personnel loaded the seriously injured driver of the Chrysler Pacifica into their unit and began initial treatment. The seriously injured driver and his passengers were transported by EMS 133 to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and to receive further treatment for their injuries. Once EMS 133 arrived at Saint Mary’s, the seriously injured patient was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital by AirEvac 22.
In the meantime, the Arkansas State Police began their investigation into how the crash occurred and EMS Rescue completed their extrication efforts, freeing the driver of the Ford Taurus from the entrapment.
The freed injured driver was loaded into Pope County EMS 138 and prepared for transport by EMS personnel. Due to the injuries he had sustained and his deteriorating condition, he was transported by Pope County EMS 138 to the Russellville Airport where EMS rendezvoused with Survival Flight 7. The patient was then transported by Survival Flight 7 to a Little Rock hospital.
As the scene was worked by law enforcement, medical personnel and first responders, traffic through the area was detoured. An individual who lived in area assisted responders by helping direct traffic and later, the man graciously provided drinks/water to those working the crash.
After completing a preliminary investigation into how the crash occurred, it is believed that the Chrysler Pacifica was attempting to turn left from a side road located off of Crow Mountain Road as the Ford Taurus traveled east on Crow Mountain Road.
As the Pacifica turned left and entered Crow Mountain Road, the Taurus topped a hill just before the side road and struck the Pacifica on its driver’s side causing both vehicles to spin out of control into the roadway. The Pacifica came to rest in the middle of Crow Mountain Road facing south and the Taurus came to rest along the shoulder of the roadway facing southwest. The impact of the collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles and caused the driver of the Taurus to become trapped in his vehicle.
Responders remained on scene until a little after 6 p.m. Monday evening. After debris from the crash was cleared from the roadway and both vehicles were towed from the scene, the area was reopened to traffic.
At the time of this story, the identities of the individuals involved in the crash, the injuries they sustained in the collision and their current conditions were unknown.
The attached photos and the following video were captured from the scene as the collision was worked. ** Some images may disturb some readers **
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family who were in the Chrysler Pacifica involved in the collision. To donate and to assist this family financially, click the following link. https://gofund.me/2a4be6d8