Arkansas Fire Chief, Three Responders Struck by Car

A fire chief and three responders were injured after a motorist ran off the road and struck them while they were assisting at the scene of a previous crash in Sharp County Tuesday morning.

Martin Creek responders Katrina and Clarence Baggett, along with Bernadette Freigy from the Wirth Volunteer Fire Department were transported to local hospitals following the incident, according to The News.

Martin Creek Fire Chief William James was transported by a private vehicle but it was unclear if he was brought to a hospital.

Katrina Baggett was flown to St. John's Medical Center in Springfield; Clarence Baggett was taken by ambulance to White River Medical Center and Freigy was transported by ambulance and then flown to The Med in Memphis.

Katrina Baggett broke several bones, including both of her ankles, a leg and fractured hips as well as a tear in her liver and facial lacerations.

She was in trauma unit Wednesday awaiting stabilization ahead of surgery slated for the following day, according to the newspaper.

Clarence Baggett had surgery to repair his foot and also suffered a torn ACL and a fracture below his knee. He is expected to be released on Friday.

Freigy remained in a trauma unit at The Med on Wednesday with numerous facial and head injuries and was listed in stable condition.

The four responders were assisting at a crash on Highway 175 near Hardy when a vehicle driven by 73-year-old Carl Barlow crossed the center line while negotiating a curve near where the previous crash occurred and ran off the road, striking them.

Barlow, who was cited for careless driving, then struck the back of a brush truck from the Wirth Volunteer Fire Department.

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