Thursday, October 7, 2010
Accidents hit in hour span
By BARRY BURLESON
Rescue workers responded to three automobile accidents in less than an hour Friday afternoon.
The first happened in the east-bound lanes of Highway 78, just over a mile west of the Holly Springs exit. It blocked traffic for an extended period of time – with cars and trucks lined up for several miles.
Holly Springs Fire Department personnel received the call at 3:49, arrived on the scene at 3:53 and remained until 4:30 p.m.
Rodney Crane, assistant fire chief, said the driver of a pickup truck with a trailer attached lost control. The trailer overturned across the highway.
The female driver was extricated using the Jaws of Life, while the passenger was able to get out on his own. The driver, in stable condition, was transported via ground to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, according to Crane.
A second accident happened at the Highway 78 exit ramp near Pizza Hut. Crane said two vehicles collided, resulting in only minor injuries.
Then a third wreck occurred in the long line of traffic caused by the first accident. Crane said one vehicle ran into the back of another in the east-bound lanes near the West Holly Springs Exit. Two people were transported by ambulance to Alliance HealthCare with non-critical injuries, he said.
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