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Two airlifted after trucks plows through pavilion

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

8:50 p.m. UPDATE: Jonesboro Police says Ashley Ahle was speeding in the park after getting into an argument with her boyfriend. 

According to the police report, Ahle had just dropped off her boyfriend in the boat dock area after an argument and then sped off. 

The report states, Ahle lost control of the truck, plowed through the pavilion, injuring Heather Jones, and Rodney Freezor. 

Both Ahle and Jones were airlifted to the Med in Memphis. Their condition is unknown at this time. 

Freezor was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. 

Police later found out the truck was a rental truck. 

Police are still investigating, no word on if any charges will be filed. 


3:50 p.m. UPDATE: Jonesboro police tell us a woman lost control of her pickup truck coming over a hill inside Craighead Forest Park.

Her truck hit two people, a man and a woman, sitting under the pavilion.

The woman's vehicle continued through the pavilion, through a grassy area before coming to a stop.

The driver and the female victim were both airlifted to Regional One Health (formerly known as The MED) in Memphis with unspecified injuries.

The male victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Jonesboro police are still trying to determine what caused the driver to lose control of the truck.


2:53 p.m. UPDATE: 

Two people—the driver of the truck and one pedestrian—air-evacuated from the scene.

The impact was so great it knocked down the pavilion and one of the truck wheels came off.


2:23 p.m. UPDATE: One person was loaded into the medical helicopter at the scene. A second helicopter may be en route, according to our crew there.


2:09 p.m. UPDATE: A Hospital Wing helicopter just landed in the events field.

Jonesboro Parks Director Wixson Huffstetler says the driver of the truck is “in bad shape.”

A man at the scene told Region 8’s Allison Munn he heard “tires squall and saw the truck hit a pavilion.”

It is unclear at this time if the pedestrians were under the pavilion.


Jonesboro Police and Fire Dispatch confirms a truck struck two pedestrians at Craighead Forest Park.

The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near the lake's levee.

Region 8 News has a crew on the way and will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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