BY MELANIE BUCK –
County law enforcement, emergency services, and wreckers were kept busy early on Monday morning as some drivers had trouble navigating through icy areas.
Polk County Sheriff’s Department, along with EMS, arrived on the scene of a one-vehicle accident on Polk Road 37 where the driver lost control of the vehicle while crossing a one-lane bridge. The driver then over-corrected and went down the creek embankment causing injury to the driver and damage to the vehicle.
Minutes later a call came in regarding six vehicles in dire straits at the intersection of Highways 88 and 272, just below the entrance to Queen Wilhelmina State Park. The roads were icy on the mountain and were coupled with dense fog limiting visibility, causing drivers to slide into the ditches and each other. Wreckers had to use snow chains on their tires to get up and down the treacherous terrain and EMS had to wait until sand was put down on the roadway before they could safely descend the mountain. The accident was worked by Arkansas State Police Trooper Mike Thomas.