FOUR HOSPITALIZED AFTER CONWAY COLLISION

by Christian Mower on July 30, 2012

CONWAY POLICE SAY FOUR PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL SATURDAY MORNING AFTER A BEAR RUNNING ONTO THE ROAD CAUSED A HEAD-ON COLLISION ON ROUTE 16.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS AROUND 10:30 A.M. A BEAR HIT THE SIDE OF A CAR NEAR THE OLD ELKS CLUB AT OUTLOOK CURVE IN CONWAY, CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO SWERVE AND HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE.

THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE IN A 1994 SATURN STATION WAGON AND TWO PEOPLE IN A GRAY 2011 NISSAN UTE JUKE THAT COLLIDED.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS A WOMAN WHO APPEARED TO BE IN HER LATE 40s WHO WASN’T WEARING A SEATBELT WAS EJECTED FROM THE SATURN AND FOUND IN A DITCH AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

THE WOMAN MAY HAVE SUFFERED CHEST INJURIES AND A TRAUMA TEAM OF SPECIALISTS WAS ACTIVATED AT NORTH CONWAY’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO EVALUATE HER.

POLICE WERE ASSISTED AT THE SCENE BY CONWAY FIRE AND NORTH CONWAY AMBULANCE.

PERLEY SAYS THE BEAR HAD TO BE PUT DOWN BECAUSE IT WAS SO SERIOUSLY INJURED.

BOTH VEHICLES WERE TOTALED AND TOWED FROM THE SCENE.

ROUTE 16 – THE MAJOR NORTH SOUTH THOROUGHFARE THROUGH CONWAY – WAS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT AN HOUR.