Seven Cyclists Injured In Arkansas Highway Crash

Seven bicyclists were injured in a wreck Tuesday afternoon, according to Arkansas State Police.

Thirteen cyclists were traveling northbound when a car hit seven cyclists at the back of the group. The car was also traveling northbound.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 37, north of McCrory in Woodruff County. State troopers responded to the scene at 4:35 p.m.

Two of the cyclists were transported by helicopter to a Little Rock hospital, and one was taken by helicopter to Memphis for treatment. Four others were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The driver, 21-year-old Teagan Martin of Newport, was not injured.

State troopers questioned Martin and said their investigation will continue next week. They will then submit a report to the Woodruff County prosecuting attorney, who will determine if any charges will be filed against Martin.

The cyclists, most of them teenagers, were traveling cross-country to Santa Monica, Cali. Overland Summer Camps of Williamstown, Mass., organized the trip, which began in Charleston, South Carolina.

Overland Summer Camps released the following statement on their website:

“On July 2, 2013 seven individuals on an Overland bicycle touring program were injured when a car traveling on Route 17 struck the group. Police and paramedics responded to the scene. Three of the individuals were airlifted from the scene, including one individual who is in critical condition. The remaining four individuals were transported by ambulance and were being treated at local hospitals. Of these four individuals, two have been released. At this time, we at Overland would like to express our deepest concern for those injured and our gratitude to the emergency response teams.”



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