Medical Issues Cited as Cause of Crash

Thursday, January 14, 2016
First responders work to remove Olie L. Griffin from her car following Monday afternoon's crash in Piggott. In the foreground Lt. Sam Williams, of the Piggott Police Department, interviews the driver, Kenneth Bradshaw of Pollard.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Police Department reports a medical issue is being listed as the cause of a mid-day crash which occurred on Monday. The mishap, which was reported to authorities at 12:15 p.m., left a Pollard woman with serious injuries, and heavily damaged a building on East Main Street in Piggott.

According to reports from Lt. Sam Williams, of the Piggott PD, a Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to Olie L. Griffin, of Pollard, was being driven east on Main Street in Piggott by Kenneth Bradshaw, 51, also of Pollard, at the time of the crash. Griffin was a passenger in the car at the time.

Apparently Bradshaw suffered some type of seizure as the car crossed the railroad tracks, and the vehicle accelerated out of control. Williams' report indicated the car traveled across the gravel parking lot on the south side of Main Street adjacent to the railroad, went through the vacant gas station and impacted the northwest corner of the building at 195 East Main.

According to witnesses at the scene, the force of the impact showered debris on passing vehicles and into the parking lot on the north side of the street.

"At first we thought it was just some teenager showing-off and spinning in the gravel," noted Angie Lewis of Piggott. "But, the car never slowed down and just plowed into the building."

Police and firefighters responded to the scene and found Griffin, and her small dog, trapped in the passenger side of the vehicle. Prior to them arriving on the scene, members of the public had already helped Bradshaw from the car.

Assisted by personnel from other local departments, the Piggott Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extract Griffin from the car, and prepare her for transport to the hospital.

Williams indicated she was first taken to Poplar Bluff, and was later transferred to St. Louis with serious injuries, including several broken bones. He added Bradshaw was reportedly checked-out after being taken by private vehicle to the hospital in Kennett.

The dog, a brown Chihuahua, was apparently not seriously injured.

The building, which was originally the location of Taylor Motors, sustained heavy damage to the northwest corner. It is the property of Wanda Rice and Linda Hampton, and in recent years was the location of a carpet store and a flea market. No damage estimates were immediately available.

After the car was removed from the scene personnel with the Piggott Street Department used a backhoe to push down a portion of the front of the building, and then removed the debris from the street and sidewalk area. Also responding to the scene was Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller and members of his department, members of the Clay County Task Force and other City of Piggott personnel.

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