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Man survives wreck after waiting 24 hours for help

RAVENDEN, AR (KAIT) - -

A man survived a wreck that left him trapped in the vehicle for more than 24 hours.

The wreck occurred Sunday morning when the driver was headed to the Friendship United Methodist Church.

According to John Stoll, Ravenden assistant fire chief, the driver swerved to avoid a deer and wrecked his truck.

The wreck happened along Lawrence County Road 138.

The truck was wedged between two cedar trees and the driver was pinned inside.

"He had been pinned in so tightly that he could not get his cellphone or any other ways of extricating himself," Stoll said.

A Jonesboro couple found the driver still pinned in the truck Monday morning.

They called 911 and dispatch sent the Ravenden Fire Department to help.

Imboden Fire Department also assisted in the rescue.

The two departments cut the roof off the truck, freeing the driver.

Emergency responders airlifted the driver to St. Bernards Medical Center.

Later that night, around 7 p.m., he was airlifted to UAMS in Little Rock for further treatment.

Stoll spoke with the driver’s daughter, who said he was battered and beaten from the wreck.

The man sustained five broken ribs and a punctured lung.

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