Pothole causes tire troubles for several drivers

Pothole causes tire troubles for several drivers
(Source: Pablo)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Pothole problems on a heavily traveled Jonesboro road caused tire troubles for several motorists.

Wednesday evening, Officer Maurice Kinnard responded to the intersection of Rossland Drive and Harrisburg Road regarding a road hazard.

When he arrived, he found seven vehicles parked on the side of the road with flat tires.

According to the Jonesboro police officer's initial incident report, the drivers had hit a pothole in the street, damaging their tires.

"I was told that there were other victims that had flat tires on their vehicles due to hitting the pothole," Kinnard stated. "But [they] had changed their flats and left before I arrived."

Kinnard contacted the street department, who sent a crew out to place a steel plate over the hole.

Because it is a state highway, the city of Jonesboro is not responsible for any damages, City Attorney Carol Duncan told Region 8 News.

Danny Straessle, public information officer for the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT), said that the "only course of action" is to file a claim for review by Arkansas State Claims Commission.

"Individuals who want to seek compensation for damage incurred to their vehicle while traveling the state highway system can file a claim with the state claims commission," Straessle told Region 8 News.

For more information on submitting a claim with the commission, visit their website or call 501-682-1619.

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