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County Deputy Injured in Rollover Accident

BY MELANIE BUCK –
 Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Seidenzahl was transported by Southwest EMS to Mena Regional Health System following a rollover accident in front of the former Pine Bowl on Highway 71 South in Mena Friday morning, April 8th. The deputy was responding to a call of drunk drivers and was southbound on Highway 71.

According to witnesses on the scene, just before 9 a.m., a white GMC Yukon, driven by Clint Edwards of Mena, was attempting to turn left into the former Pine Bowl parking lot (now Repops Manufacturing), when it and the officer collided, sending the county police unit rolling. Seidenzahl was trapped in the vehicle before being extracted by the Mena Fire Department. Official cause is unknown at this time, as Arkansas State Police have not released the investigative report.

Seidenzahl was transported to Mena Regional Health System where he was treated and released with minor injuries. Edwards was not injured. Both vehicles are considered total losses.

As per protocol, any accident involving an officer is investigated by Arkansas State Police. Bill Sadler, Public Information Officer for ASP said that an investigation has begun; however, an investigative report has not been released.

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One comment

  1. Questions: Was the officer running with lights or lights and siren?
    Did the officer attempt to pass the stopped, turning GMC to left?
    This accident probably could have been avoided had the officer had passed to the right.
    If the officer did not have his siren on the driver of the Yukon probably did not see him since the driver of the Yukon was concentrating on on-coming traffic in order to complete the left turn.
    Regardless, I am praying for the officer.

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