Shortly after 6 a.m., Maria Leyva, of Hope, pulled out from the stop sign on S. High St., crossing E. 2nd St. from the north when her Chevrolet Silverado was struck in the passenger side by a eastbound Buick Encore driven by Elisha Armstrong, of Hope. The impact was strong enough to send the Silverado sliding off the road, breaking the left rear wheel off the axle, taking out a stop sign and breaking a power pole on the southeast corner of the 2nd and High intersection. The impact caused severe damage to the front of Armstrong’s Buick. Both vehicles ended up on S. High St. facing back toward the west. Armstrong, told officers she was driving 30 mph when she crashed into Leyva’s truck.
The Hope Police Department, Hope Fire Department and Pafford EMS all responded to the crash. Officers requested a Hope Water & Light crew due to the damage to the pole, which the lineman said would have to be replaced.
Firefighters had to force the driver door on Armstrong’s Buick and entered the SUV to help Pafford secure her and get her out of the vehicle. Both Armstrong were moved from their vehicles onto cots to be moved to the ambulances. Armstrong and Leyva were both transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope.