GUERNSEY, AR – An area man was injured, but fortunate to survive, after running his truck off a bridge on Highway 67 West in Hempstead County early Wednesday morning.
The man was reportedly on his way home from work when he fell asleep at the wheel while traveling west on Highway 67, west of Hempstead 1011 outside Guernsey. The man’s Chevrolet S-10 initially hit the guardrail on the north side of the highway leading to a bridge. The truck then veered hard across the eastbound lane, crashing head-on into the south guardrail on the bridge, going air-born over the creek, crashing into the bank and overturning, crashing down on its roof.
Someone noticed the truck around 7:40 a.m. and called 911, apparently some time after the crash actually happened. Arkansas State Police, Hope Fire Department, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and Pafford EMS responded to the scene.
Firefighters had to stabilize the truck and force open the passenger door to extricate the man from the wreck. He was reportedly conscious and responsive when he was removed. Paramedics requested a helicopter from LifeNet to transport the man to a facility equipped to tend to his injuries. Deputies and a second ambulance crew closed down Highway 67 to allow the helicopter to land on scene. The man was flown to St. Vincent in Hot Springs.
Trooper Dorman is investigating the crash.