LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The attorney for the Arkansas State Medical Board says doctors worked on Dr. Trent Pierce through the night. Attorney Bill Trice says Pierce suffered burns and lost one eye in yesterday's car explosion. The attorney says Pierce remains in critical but stable condition. Pierce, the medical board chairman, was injured when his car exploded as he was leaving his West Memphis home yesterday.
Before today's scheduled meeting of the Arkansas State Medical Board in Little Rock, plainclothes investigators of the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Explosives stood in the board offices' lobby looking over those who entered the building. As the board prepared to meet, Little Rock police stationed a cruiser next to the building and staffers were told not to park directly in front but a little farther away so police could keep a close eye on who parks next to the building. Police investigators who yesterday spoke to family members and looked through Pierce's office email today discussed plans to review any lawsuits or professional matters that might have involved the doctor.
Dr. Joseph Beck, who presided over the board meeting in Little Rock, said he spoke with Pierce's wife and she said her husband was conscious and responding this morning. Beck said Pierce went through several surgeries overnight, including surgery to his neck where fragments of the car had lodged. He said doctors believed they could save Pierce's one eye.
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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - A car bomb explosion sends a West Memphis physician/Arkansas State Medical Board chairman to the hospital.
Dr. Trent Pierce was listed in critical condition but survived the blast.
It happened around 8 a.m. According to West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert, the explosion happened in an neighborhood near North Avalon and West Cooper Avenue, just north of Highway 70. At a later news conference at 12 p.m. local time, Chief Paudert confirmed that a bomb was involved.
Chief Paudert tells KAIT sister-station WMC-TV that it happened as Dr. Pierce was getting into his car. The doctor was reportedly rushed to a nearby hospital and then air lifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Pierce was appointed to the board in January 1997 and reappointed in 2005 by former Governor Mike Huckabee. The Associated Press reported that Dr. Pierce was expected to travel from West Memphis to Little Rock for an Arkansas State Medical Board subcommittee meeting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.