"Lucky" child survives head-first fall in Lawrence County

by Stan Morris email | twitter

LYNN, AR (KAIT) - First responders say a 12-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after falling head-first out of a pick-up truck on a dirt road.

The youth is in Arkansas Children's Hospital tonight, however, but is listed in stable condition.

The initial call came in at 11:40 a.m., when first responders including Saffell Fire Chief Halfacre made their way to what is described as a bloody scene. County Road 346, with stretches of it partially or totally under-water, was where Halfacre says the young boy was riding with his older brother, who was driving in a pick-up. But the 12-year-old was in the cargo bed of the truck.

Chief Halfacre tells Region 8 News that the older brother described to him taking a curve too sharply, ejecting the 12-year-old out of the vehicle, head first.

The fall gave the boy a large gash on his forehead and the boy also complained of back pain. He was airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Subsequently, at about 5:15 p.m., the boy was said to be in stable condition at the hospital.