A 30-year-old woman was arrested Monday afternoon March 14 after hitting an 18-wheeler on South Arkansas Avenue.
After receiving a 911 call reporting the accident, at approximately 3:20 p.m., Pope County 911 dispatchers asked officers from the Russellville Police Department, Pope County EMS 138 and the Department’s Motor 2 Russellville Fire Department responding to a motor vehicle collision that occurred near the 2800 block in southern Arkansas.
Along the way, the dispatcher informed responders that the 911 caller reported that a silver Dodge Caravan had struck the trailer of an 18-wheeler and the van was partially under the trailer. When the accident was reported, it was not known whether the occupants of the vehicles had been injured, but dispatch informed responders that there had been no entrapment.
When RPD officers arrived, they spoke to the drivers of both vehicles. With the roadway blocked, officers began to control traffic in the area. Traffic was diverted around the accident while the collision was worked on and during this time traffic became congested in the area.
Pope County EMS 138 personnel contacted the drivers and additional occupants of the van to assess any injuries they may have sustained.
EMS staff informed the dispatch that there were three patients, the driver and two passengers in the van, but later the patients refused treatment or transportation by EMS for medical treatment. The driver of the 18-wheeler informed EMS that he was not injured in the accident.
RFD Engine 2 arrived on the scene and firefighters radioed that the van had sustained heavy damage in the accident. Firefighters remained on scene while patients were assessed by EMS and the van was pulled from under the trailer.
Once RPD officers obtained statements at the scene and completed their investigation, the 18-wheeler was driven off the roadway and the van was towed off the scene.
Following the investigation into how the crash occurred, officers determined that the 18-wheeler was traveling down Bernice Avenue and turning left at the Bernice Avenue traffic light onto Ave. South Arkansas in order to head south and the 2010 Dodge Caravan was traveling south on South Arkansas.
As the 18-wheeler turned left at the traffic light, it was hit on the right side of its trailer by the pickup truck after the driver turned on the stop light at the intersection of South Arkansas Avenue and Bernice Avenue.
During the impact, the front of the caravan went under the trailer, causing heavy damage to the front of the van. The trailer sustained minor damage in the crash.
After officers made contact with the driver, they spoke to her about how the collision happened and she was subsequently taken into custody. Officers determined the 30-year-old driver was driving impaired and she was transported to Pope County Detention Center.
Upon arrival at the detention center, she was taken to jail for failing to obey a red light, violating the DWI (third offense) omnibus law, and endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree.
According to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office, the driver was released to the Pope County Detention Center after posting bond in the amount of $3,690.00.
The attached photos and the following video were captured from the scene while the collision was being worked on.