LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – More than a dozen Arkansas National Guard soldiers went to area hospitals on Sunday after their military convoy crashed on U.S. Highway 67 near Cabot.
Arkansas State Police say it happened around 12:30 p.m. when an object fell off the back of a lead convoy vehicle and caused a chain reaction with the following trucks and trailers.
The crash sent 14 soldiers to three nearby hospitals with what police and the Guard described as non-life threatening injuries.
The troops were coming from the 1036th Engineering Company which is based in Jonesboro. They were heading to a staging area at Camp Robinson to continue on to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas.
“It’s my understanding that most of the guardsmen who went to the hospital were largely precautionary,” said Maj. William Phillips, public information officer for the Arkansas National Guard. “It was a minor setback for the overall operation. We are focused on making sure those soldiers are going to be okay while the rest of the units head down to Texas to assist.”
The crash shut down a lane of U.S. Highway 67 for about two hours.