Update: Civilian Driver Found at Fault in Deputy Involved Accident

UPDATE (Feb. 12):

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. - On Feb. 7, a wreck sent three men, including two Saline County deputies, to the hospital. 

In an update, Arkansas State Police investigators say the 64-year-old Sheridan man failed to yield at the intersection, causing a collision with the Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) deputy vehicle. 

SCSO says both deputies are out of the hospital, and the Sheridan man is still recovering. 

Sardis citizens have started a petition to get a four-way stop at the intersection of N. Sardis and Styles Rd., where the wreck occured.


SALINE COUNTY, Ark. -- A close call in Saline County Wednesday, after a car wreck sends three men including two Saline County deputies to the hospital. 

As of Wednesday night, one of the SCSO deputies had already been released from the hospital. The other was admitted and scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday. The third crash victim, a civilian, was airlifted to Little Rock after the wreck. At last check, he was stable in the ICU. 

Saline County officials say just before 1 p.m. the deputies were en route to a call when their car collided with another car at the intersection of N. Sardis and Styles Rd. SCSO adds the deputies' vehicle was not utilizing lights or sirens at the time. 

Witnesses say one of the cars went flying through a fence, mere feet from where crosses mark a prior fatal wreck. 

"I thought someone had to be dead," said Bradley Oldham, who recently moved to the Sardis area and witnessed the crash's immediate aftermath. "It was awful." 

Those who live near the blind intersection at N. Sardis and Styles Rd say that crossing has turned deadly before, and if action isn't taken, it could turn deadly again. 

"It's only a matter of time before something happens at this intersection, somebody's going to get hurt, something is going to happen," explained Tara Thompson who has lived in the area roughly 20 years. "You have to gas it, because you can't see if there's any oncoming traffic."

Both Thompson and fellow Sardis resident Angela Tucker say enough is enough. 

"I think flashing lights and a four-way stop would be a better alternative," Tucker said. 

Thompson says she wants to petition the county for lights and a four-way stop. The intersection is currently a two-way stop. It's an idea she realizes could come with critics. 

"A lot of people are saying that would cause major traffic jams," she said. 

However, Thompson believes safety is well worth the wait. 

Saline County officials say Arkansas State Police are now investigating the crash, with the help of Benton Police. 

Original story: 

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. - Two deputies with the Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) and one civilian are reported injured after an accident at Styles Rd. and N. Sardis Road.

The SCSO says both deputies were in the same vehicle. They were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Their injuries are reported as minor.

The third individual injured in the accident was being flown to the hospital by helicopter. There's no further word on their condition.

Officials have not yet released any additional details about the accident.


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