Local Man Injured in Grain Truck Crash

Friday, March 23, 2018
Personnel work to stabilize the overturned grain truck, allowing members of the RFD to remove the driver from the crushed cab.
Courtesy photo/RFD

Shifting corn is believed to be the cause of a grain truck crash which occurred Wednesday, March 14, north of Rector. According to reports from the Rector Fire Department, personnel were summoned to the scene to extricate the driver, Neil Morgan of Nimmons, following the mishap. He was transported from the scene with minor to moderate injuries, although the reports indicated he was trapped for a short time and apparently knocked unconscious.

Reports from RFD indicated the accident occurred around 3 p.m. as Morgan was operating a Freightliner semi-truck northbound on Highway 90. Apparently, the right side tires of the vehicle dropped-off the edge of the pavement on the east side of the highway. According to the report, Morgan corrected which shifted the load of corn causing the truck and trailer to overturn in the side ditch spilling the load in the process.

When first responders arrived on the scene they found Morgan had been thrown across the cab, and was wedged in the passenger side floor board. Finding him unresponsive, additional personnel were summoned to the scene to extricate Morgan from the crashed vehicle.

Stabilizing tubes were utilized on the east side, and a winch attached to the west side, allowing an EMT to enter the cab and stabilize the victim. The report further noted by this time Morgan had regained consciousness, and was responsive to questions and instruction.

Firefighters cut the roof of the cab to allow access, then used their hydraulic ram to spread the opening to allow Morgan to be removed from the truck. Afterward, he was transported from the scene to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center by AMMC staff for treatment.

The truck was righted a short time later by McMahon's, then transported from the scene.

Rector firefighters also provided traffic control on both the north and south sides of the accident scene following the mishap, and at the request of the investigating State Trooper washed down the highway afterward.

The reports indicated the truck was registered to Scott Kirklin, of Kirklin Farms of Rector.

The call was received just before 3 p.m. with firefighters arriving on the scene less than five minutes later. The last of the RFD personnel cleared the accident scene at 4:45.

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