Piggott Man Injured in Truck Crash
A local man remains hospitalized in Memphis at last report, the result of a single-vehicle crash which occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 12, east of Pollard. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller reports deputies with his department responded to the crash scene on U.S. Highway 62, near the intersection with County Road 343, and found an MFA fertilizer semi-truck had ran off the roadway and trapped the driver inside. The driver was later identified as George Wellman of Piggott.
Miller noted his deputies were joined by personnel from the Arkansas State Police, Piggott and Pollard fire departments and the Piggott Community Hospital ambulance service as they attempted to free Wellman from the wreckage. Utilizing the Piggott Fire Department's "Jaws of Life" the driver was eventually freed, and transported from the scene by air-evac helicopter to The Med in Memphis.
According to family members, Wellman suffered fractures in several vertebrae in his back and remains hospitalized as doctors try to determine if surgery is required.
Miller offered his thanks to the members of all the departments and agencies who responded to the accident scene for their assistance.