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CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — An Arkansas State Police trooper involved in a wrong-way crash Monday (Aug. 8) on Interstate 40 has a long road to recovery ahead of him, according to Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune.

Trooper Roy Moomey was involved in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver around 3:40 a.m. near the interchange between Van Buren and Alma, according to ASP. The driver of the other vehicle, Matthew Choate, 24, died at the scene and Moomey was taken to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, ASP said.

A state trooper on scene said Moomey tried to block the other vehicle as it was heading the wrong way on the interstate.

McCune has been posting updates on Moomey’s condition on his Facebook page.

According to McCune’s Tuesday posts, Moomey will be in the Intensive Care Unit for several days after undergoing surgery Monday, which required surgeons to put a rod in his leg and pins in his wrist. Moomey is currently on a ventilator and will be for a while. He will also require addition surgeries to address his other injuries. Moomey is responsive at times and is able to communicate using hand gestures.

A Roy Moomey Benefit account has been set up at Bank of the Ozarks, according to McCune. The prosecutor is also asking well-wishers to send any cards they would like passed along to Moomey and his family to be sent to his office at 206 S. 3rd St. in Van Buren.

Just three months before this crash, Moomey was recognized with live saving award for saving the life of a man, who was trapped in the wreckage of a burning vehicle.


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