Even though it caused a vehicle to leave the roadway and turn over on its side, a three-vehicle wreck in West Crossett did not result in serious injuries Monday.
Reports at the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened at approximately 9 a.m., and involved a Jeep Compass, Ford Focus and a Ford pickup truck.
The Jeep Compass was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 82 in Crossett when it struck the Ford Focus, pushing it into the opposite lane of traffic, where the Focus struck a Ford pickup truck.
Crossett resident and owner of the Jeep, Haley Hamby, said she was driving to El Dorado to her place of employment when the accident occurred.
Hamby’s SUV clipped the back of a White Ford Focus before flipping multiple times and landing upside down, partly on the shoulder and partly in the westbound lane of traffic.
“All I was thinking, was, ‘God, I hope they don’t have kids in their vehicle,’” Hamby said.
Hamby said that she doesn’t know exactly what happened or caused the accident, but when she realized she was about to hit another car she attempted to swerve away unsuccessfully.
Bria Coulter, the driver of the Ford Focus, said that when she realized that the SUV was going to hit her, all she could do was brace herself. Coulter said she was stopped on Highway 82 waiting to turn left onto Parade Street.
“I kept thinking, ‘Is she going to stop, is she going to stop?’” Coulter said.
Coulter said that she was then knocked into oncoming traffic by the Jeep and that she did her best to avoid hitting the east bound Ford pickup truck, but her vehicle struck the back of it.
Coulter said as soon as her vehicle rested in a nearby driveway, she immediately ran to check on the driver of the Jeep, which was upside down.
“I ran over and there were already people trying to help her out and we asked if she had children inside and thankfully she didn’t,” Coulter said.
Hamby said when her vehicle finally came to a stop, she thought she was trapped inside.
“I tried to get out the driver’s side, but something was blocking it and then I went to the passenger’s side and something was blocking it too,” Hamby said.
Eventually, Hamby broke her way out to where she said people had stopped to help. One bystander even helped direct traffic until first responders arrived on the scene.
The wreck slowed traffic for approximately two hours on Monday morning while authorities worked the scene. No one was seriously injured.
Coulter said that she is very thankful that everyone is all still alive and by the appearance of the vehicles it should have been a lot worse.
“There were three totaled vehicles, and we all only have minor injuries,” Coulter said. “We are all walking miracles.”