Man trying to direct traffic at accident site hit by vehicle
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 19, 2006 - A man was struck by a vehicle while attempting to lend aide at a two-vehicle crash near Mahoney Friday evening.

He spent the night in the hospital but was expected to be released Saturday after being treated for injuries.

Emergency dispatchers first were alerted at 6:31 p.m. by other motorists of a collision between two vehicles on State Highway 19 north. Hopkins County and North Hopkins firefighters were dispatched, along with sheriff's officers and emergency medical services crews to the location, where traffic was disrupted due to the crash.

Before emergency responders arrived, dispatchers received another call of a second accident involving a pedestrian.

A man had reportedly gone onto the road to direct vehicles after seeing traffic congestion near the site of the crash near FM 1537  and SH 19. The man was struck by one of the vehicles he was attempting to direct away from the crash site. The impact propelled him through the air. When officers arrived, he was lying beside the road. 

The would-be helper was treated at the scene, then taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where he spent the night. While he did sustain injuries, they were not thought to be life-threatening. Hospital staff indicated to authorities Saturday morning he would likely be released from the hospital later in the day.

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