(AP) – Residents say they’re seeing more crashes involving big
trucks on the steep, hilly roads of the Arkansas Ozarks.
In the past 21/2 years, seven trucks have wrecked on a 2-mile stretch of
Arkansas 43 near Ponca in the Buffalo National River area. Authorities and local
residents say that a vehicle’s GPS system doesn’t indicate just how steep the
road is or how sharp the hairpin curves can be.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports one of the recent wrecks involved a
truck driver from Iowa, who crashed on a curve at Ponca while hauling 40,000
pounds of cargo. The driver wasn’t hurt, but the truck and trailer were deemed a
State highway officials say the department plans to place new signs in the
area warning of the steep hills.
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