ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – A wreck sending an 88-year-old woman to the hospital has some saying it highlights the need to re-route log trucks out of the town of Arkadelphia.
Police there insist the wreck was not the fault of the log truck driver and that the woman lost control before slamming into the truck. As of Wednesday (2/15) evening, the woman remained in critical but stable condition at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs.
Some in town point to what could be a growing problem of congestion as several hundred more trucks are expected with the completion of the new Sun Paper plant in the county.
“With the additional trucks it’s going to be a great concern,” said Mayor James Calhoun. “It could be dangerous and it could be tragic with some of the trucks.”
A bypass to divert the trucks through a different part of town has been suggested for years and while the city Board of Directors has voted to commit to move the city forward toward a project with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, some officials suggest we’re still at least 4 years from any construction and longer until completion.