Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

UPDATED 4-23-2017 @ 4:07 p.m.: According to Liam’s mother, Lisa McClure, aside from scrapes and bruises, all the children are doing well. The girl suffered no broken bones or serious injuries. Liam did undergo surgery for her injuries and is recuperating. Lisa expressed the family’s thanks to all of the responders from the bottom of her heart and said they greatly appreciate them all.

A Lewisville woman and her children were injured when she lost control of her Jeep and crashed in Hempstead County Saturday afternoon.

Liam Hastings and her three children were traveling west in the 3500 block of Highway 73 East (Rocky Mound Rd) on the ridge just before 4 p.m. when, according to one of her sons, she swerved to avoid an animal in the road and lost control of her Jeep Wrangler. Skid marks at the scene indicate the Jeep was going west in the eastbound lane when it turned hard to the right and began to spin. The Jeep then overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest facing east against a tree in the ditch north of the highway.

The Jeep’s hardtop was destroyed in the rollover, leaving the vehicle open. Hastings and her 7-year-old daughter were ejected. Hastings was thrown into the woods and her daughter ended up pinned by the Jeep. Hastings’ two teenage sons showed signs of roadrash but were relatively uninjured. Both Hastings and her daughter were responsive to emergency responders who were tending to them.

Hempstead County Deputies, Arkansas State Police, Hope Police, Pafford EMS, Southeast Fire Department and Hope Fire Department all responded to the scene after a 911 call informing dispatch of the rollover.

Highway 73 was closed down as emergency crews worked to free the 7-year-old girl from the wreck. Firefighters and medics, assisted by people who drove up on the crash, braced the Jeep as firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” and a shovel to get the Jeep off of her arm and free her. Hope Police gave the girl a stuffed animal to hold and emergency responders talked to her to comfort and calm her while the firefighters were freeing her.

Hastings and her daughter were carefully stabilized on backboards and moved to the waiting ambulances. Hastings was transported by Pafford to Christus Saint Michael Health System in Texarkana. Her daughter was transported to Commerce Blvd in Hope where she was transferred to a LifeNet helicopter and flown to Christus Saint Michael.

We don’t have official information on Hastings’ or her daughter’s conditions at this time but the 7-year-old appeared remarkably well considering her ordeal. We will update if we are able to get confirmation of how they are doing.

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