A Texas truck driver was transported to the hospital after he lost control of his semi and crashed into the trees on I-30 East near Prescott Friday night.
The cause of the crash was unclear. The driver only remembered being hit in the head with movies in the cab of the truck and blacking out.
The Werner tractor-trailer was headed eastbound on I-30 just before the 43 mile marker when it left the right side of the road, went through the ditch and crashed through several trees before finally coming to a stop almost 1/10 of a mile from where it left the highway. Both the truck and trailer suffered serious damage, leaving debris and broken trees in its wake.
Arkansas State Police, Nevada County Rescue Squad, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Pafford EMS were dispatched to the scene. The initial call was for a rollover with entrapment. Neither of which turned out to be the case.
The driver of the semi was transported to Wadley Regional in Hope though the extent of his injuries wasn’t obvious. He was able to walk from the truck, out of the woods and to the ambulance on his own. The passenger and two dogs on board did not appear to have suffered any injuries.
The condition of the rig and its tight placement in the trees resulted in a prolonged extrication of the truck for crews from Bypass Wrecker who expected to have to unload the trailer and cut away a lot of trees in order to remove from the roadside.