A head-on crash on Highway 29 South sent a Hope man to the hospital while the other driver escaped without serious injury Tuesday afternoon.
According to witnesses, a green Ford F-150, driven by Stephen Randall Lemley, of Hope, was traveling south in the 3200 block of Highway 29 S. at around 2:05 p.m. when it crossed the center line into the path of a white Ford van, driven by Lloyd Tyra, of Emmet. Tyra, who was traveling north, said he saw Lemley’s truck cross the cross into his lane and swerved toward the ditch to try to avoid it but the Ford struck the Tyra’s van on the front left. Lemley’s truck spun around and came to a stop facing north in the northbound lane while Tyra’s van came to a stop facing north in the east ditch in front of Rowe’s Leather.
Hempstead County Deputies and Arkansas State Troopers were dispatched to the crash. A Sergeant with the Hope Police Department responded to the crash, which was just outside the city limits, until deputies and troopers could get on scene. Deputies assisted Arkansas State Police Sergeant Owens with the his investigation and traffic control since the highway was reduced to one lane.
A Pafford EMS crew was also dispatched and checked the drivers on scene. They treated and secured Lemley, transporting him by ground to the hospital. Lemley was responsive. Tyra complained of soreness but said he was not seriously injured.