UPDATE: Seven Hospitalized in Head-On Wreck
Seven people were hospitalized after a head-on crash on Midland Boulevard Sunday evening.
A dark-colored pickup truck, driving on the wrong side of the road, crashed head-on with a red Tahoe that had three adults and at least three children, police said. The pickup was driven by Lewis Hawkins, 62, of Fort Smith, police said.
The red Tahoe was driven by William Andrade Sr., of Fort Smith, police said. Two unidentified women were in the SUV, as were three children, ages 3, 5 and 13. The children and one of the women are from Fort Smith, police said. The other woman is from Van Buren.
Andrade and the two women were taken to Sparks Health System. Andrade was treated and released. The two women were listed in stable condition on Monday, officials said.
The three children were treated at Mercy hospital and released.
One person at the accident site was seen being removed from the SUV after rescue personnel used the Jaws of Life to reach her. A small child was seen being placed on a stretcher.
Hawkins had to be resuscitated by medical personnel. On Monday morning, Hawkins underwent surgery at Mercy hospital and was listed in stable condition. He had not yet been cited, police said.
Police closed off a stretch of Midland to traffic while they worked the scene. Police were reconstructing the accident to try to determine why the truck was on the wrong side of the road.
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