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Multi-Vehicle Accident Near Acorn Injures Two Waldron Teens


This SUV was damaged when the wheel from Carpenter's car broke off and flew back into the roadway.
This SUV was damaged when the wheel from Carpenter’s car broke off and flew back into the roadway.

A multi-vehicle accident Friday on Hwy 71 near Acorn sent two Waldron teens to the hospital but according to the officials working the accident, it could have been much worse.

Polk County Deputy Scott Sawyer said his heart sank when he first came up on the scene and recognized that the driver was the daughter of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter, who was killed during a flood rescue operation in May 2013.

Christian Carpenter, 18-years old was driving a Saturn Ion car southbound on Hwy 71 when she left the roadway, traveling at least 25 feet and striking a tree at which time her 17-year old juvenile passenger was ejected from the car.  A wheel was also knocked off from the impact and went back into the roadway striking a motorcyclist and grazed another car before impacting the front of a SUV.

Carpenter was transported by SouthWest EMS to Mena Regional Health System for treatment of injuries and released later Friday evening.  Carpenter’s mother, Amie, said Saturday morning that Christian is pretty sore but ok,

“Thank you to all that stopped and helped my daughter Christian and her friend yesterday, I am truly grateful .”

Several bystanders commented that the girls’ had to have had guardian angels riding with them because the accident could have been so much worse and Amie is certain she knows them by name,

“I know God and her Daddy were watching over them.”

The juvenile ejected  was airlifted by Arkansas Children’s Hospital but her condition was not considered “life-threatening.” Amie said that she believed the friend had also been released as of Saturday morning.




  1. What a great job you guys are doing!!! Thanks for keeping us all informed on the latest news!

  2. my mother and stepmother and i were here immedietely after this happened. the car had barely stopped moving when we arrived there. i jumped out the truck and checked on the 2 young ladies. had my mom stay with one and my stepmother with the other. while they were doing that i called 911. i’m not for sure what has been officially released on the details on this accident so i’m not going to state any other than that. but both of these young ladies had angels sitting on their shoulders today. my heart and my prayers go out to both of their families. god bless you all and i pray that your daughters make a complete and full recovery!

    • Thank all of you who helped my daughter Jessica and her friend Christian.Jessica remembers a lady praying for her at the scene and wanted to thank her as well.Jessica is home now recovering.Bless you all Leslie Lisdell and Paul Ervin

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