Texas man was injured Friday after, witnesses say, he appeared to lose control of his Toyota truck and crashed head-on into a tree near the 32 mile marker on I-30 West.
Hempstead County Deputies, Arkansas State Troopers, Hope Firefighters and a crew from Pafford EMS were responded to the scene. Initial calls came in around 1 p.m. indicating that smoke was coming from the truck located in the median and that the truck may have overturned.
EMS checked out the driver who, though in some obvious pain, initially refuse transport to the hospital, while firefighters disabled the trucks electrical. Though initially reported as having smoke coming from it, the truck never caught fire.
The Toyota Tacoma had sustained major damage to the front of the truck. Track from the truck indicated it left the interstate approximately 100 feet before crashing into a tree. The truck appeared to have sustained the impact on the passenger side of the front of the truck, demolishing the front end and sending the Tacoma spinning toward the eastbound side of the median. Not other occupants or vehicles were involved.
Hope Fire and Pafford cleared the scene but Pafford was called back after the driver changed his mind and decided to go to the hospital due to apparent injuries to his right arm. Pafford transported him to Texarkana.