Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

Two women were transported to the ER after a rear-end collision on Highway 278 at Melrose Lane that happened at approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday.

According to the Hope woman driving the Hyundai Tiburon, she and the El Dorado woman in the Nissan Versa were heading south on 278. She said she started slowing down to turn right onto Melrose Lane when the Versa hit the back of her car. Skid marks and debris at the intersection and the damage to the two cars corroborated her account.

Both drivers were able to move their cars out of the highway despite the damage to the vehicles. Neither vehicle’s airbags deployed.

Hempstead County Sheriff’s Deputies and an Arkansas State Police were dispatched to the scene and were initially advised that there were no injuries. When the first Deputy arrived on scene he found the driver of the Nissan laying on the shoulder of the highway and immediately called for EMS.

The wreck occurred in the midst of an unusually busy period of time for Pafford EMS. All of their on-duty crews were already tied up on other calls. Howard County EMS responded from Nashville for mutual aid. First responders and EMT’s from Hope Fire Department were dispatched to render aid until an ambulance could arrive on scene. A paramedic and EMT from Pafford’s corporate office also responded to the scene in their personal vehicle to assess and treat the drivers. Howard County was eventually cancelled since two Pafford crews were able to clear their previous calls and make it on scene first.

Both drivers were transported by Pafford to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope.

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