Severe Log Truck Crash Caused by Loose Utility Trailer from Passing VehicleJune 1st, 2011 by Joe Burgess
According to reports from the Arkansas State Police, the reason for the May 19 crash of a log truck, where the driver was air-lifted from the site near Enon Baptist Church, was that the log truck first collided with a utility trailer that came loose from a passing vehicle, causing the driver to lose control.
After hitting the utility trailer, the loaded big rig swerved right, then left (into a bridge railing), across a deep ditch, into a line of trees, where the tractor-trailer came to a stop. with the load of logs crushing the cab.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen, Jimmy Shrum stated that he initially did not realize that he had lost his trailer. He did go to the sheriff’s office and ultimately did return to the scene of the accident to provide the needed information. Based on that information, the state declines to pursue felony prosecution. The misdemeanor charge filed in district court remains
Log Truck Driver Med-flighted to L.R. after Roll-over near Enon
May 19, 2011
The driver this log truck reportedly sustained serious injuries, around 1:30, Thursday afternoon, when he lost control of his westbound rig, striking a bridge guardrail, before crossing a steep ditch, and overturning on HWY 35 east of Monticello.
Monticello Fire & Rescue responded, battling the steep ditch-bank and trees and brush, as the extricated him out of the crushed cab, where he was pinned. Sources said he was aware and alert throughout the process.
MASI stabilized the driver, and transferred him to the open highway in front of Enon Church, where Air-Evac landed, and loaded the victim for the helicopter flight to Little Rock.
Triple A Towing arrived on the scene to remove the wreckage from the trees, where it came to a stop.
HWY 35 was shut down off and on until around 7 pm.
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