Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

HOPE, AR – A Kentucky woman, traveling for Thanksgiving, was transported to the hospital after a two-car crash on I-30 Monday evening.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Rachel Holley, from Marion, KY, was traveling west on I-30 near Exit 31 in Hope on her way to Dallas for Thanksgiving when her Chrysler Sebring was said to have been struck twice from behind, causing it to run off the highway into the median. The Sebring hit a culvert before turning over on its driver side. Holley’s Sebring was hit by a Ford Fiesta, driven by Alex Mendoza of Hope, AR.

Mendoza said he was on his way home from work in Prescott when he saw Holley’s car slowing down. He said he hit his brakes but they did not respond. Mendoza said he pushed the brake pedal to the floor but his car didn’t slow down and he was powerless to prevent crashing into the rear of Holley’s Chrysler. He said his car hit the Chrysler a second time before he tried to stop it with the emergency brake, causing him to spin into the north ditch before coming to a stop.

A former Navy Corpsman, who was also traveling to Texas, stopped to assist Holley. Holley was unable to get out of the overturned car but the corpsman said she responded to her when she checked on her.

The Arkansas State Police were first on scene and checked the condition of the drivers. Pafford EMS and the Hope Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after and extricated Holley from the car.

Holley was able to walk with assistance back up to the interstate where she was helped onto a cot and put in the back of the ambulance. She was transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope. Mendoza complained of a minor hand injury but declined treatment.

The crash was investigated by Troopers Henley and and Mathis.

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