Truck hits pole and home, driver critically injured

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One man is in critical condition after hitting a power pole and then a house.

Forty-one-year-old Eldon Brownderville of Jonesboro was taken to St. Bernards and moved to a Memphis hospital for treatment.

Doug Formon with the Jonesboro Police Department said Brownderville should recover from his injuries.

JPD and rescue crews were called to the scene of the crash on Southwest Drive in front of the Outback Steakhouse around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Corporal Jeff Vernon with the Jonesboro Police Dept. Traffic Division said Brownderville was headed north when he had a seizure and lost control of his truck. The vehicle then hit the power pole and traveled across four yards, striking the house.

"Everyone came out to do what they could. When we need them, they're here," witness Suzanne Hinson said.

Hinson was outside with her father when she heard the crash and called police.

"I looked up and saw a cloud of smoke. Daddy noticed that his bushes were strewn across the front lawn. And I said, 'My goodness! They're into the house across the street.' And sure enough there was a path of destruction across four lawns," Hinson said.

Another neighbor's husband saw it happen.

"It all happened so fast. He said the car basically was airborne when it went through our front yard. He said he looked out and he saw the power pole shaking and the line was down. The man next door had quite a bit of damage and of course, then the house across the street," neighbor Carolyn Cooper said.

The owners of this house said the truck hit an unoccupied bedroom.

The couple, Gordon and Elaine Shannon, were not hurt, but they said they were in the bedroom right behind it. If Brownderville was going any faster, it could have been a different story.

"He probably would have went through the house. I figured those trees and things probably slowed him down," Cooper said.

Cooper said the nearby overpass probably contributed to the accident.

"We see it all the time. Traffic is way too fast coming off the overpass," Cooper said.

Police say Brownderville was not wearing a seat belt.

"Please, everyone, wear your seatbelts. Wear your seatbelts. That's why they put them in the cars because we need them. Wear them," Hinson said.

According to Jonesboro Fire and Dispatch, traffic was slowed after power lines fell which caused the road to be closed.

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