One person remains in critical condition Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle accident shut down Highway 7 for more than an hour Monday afternoon.
Officials haven't released the names of the four people involved in the head-on collision; two of them are juveniles.
According to Arkansas State Trooper Chris Harper, four people were injured in the crash. One of those injured was flown to Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock in critical condition, Harper said. That victim was a passenger in a Honda sedan that was struck by an oncoming pickup truck on Highway 7 between Caddo Valley and DeGray Lake.
A second person, the driver of the sedan, was flown to UAMS in Little Rock with non-life-threatening injuries. "He had two broken arms, one broke leg and possibly a broken neck," Harper said of the driver.
Both occupants of the pickup truck that apparently caused the accident were juveniles.
"The [16-year-old] driver of the pickup is going to be OK," Harper said, adding that the 9-year-old passenger of the pickup "possibly has two broken feet."
Harper said the driver of the pickup crossed the centerline and hit the sedan head-on in the northbound lane. "The truck hit the car in the northbound lane, which caused the pickup to overturn," Harper explained. "On impact it was kind of like a ricochet effect: it pushed the green Honda backward and it spun around 180 degrees."
Caddo Valley Police Chief Aaron Collier was the second official on scene of the wreck, arriving at about 12:40 p.m. "It was a mess," Collier said. "Three people were trapped. They had to use the Jaws of Life to get them out."
According to Collier, both occupants of the sedan were trapped while one person, the 9-year-old, was trapped in the pickup truck.
The Siftings will have more on the conditions of those involved as information becomes available.