McCRORY, Ark. (KTHV) - Residents who live near Highway 17 say the road is a dangerous one. However, they were surprised to discover a group of bicyclists were hit from the rear by a car.
"They come through about this time every year," says Hunter Frymire. For him, Tuesday afternoon was just an ordinary day. While working on his truck with his grandfather, he saw a familiar group.
He says Bicyclists with the Overland Summer Camps out of Williamstown, Massachusetts pass by every year. "We were just talking about them then we went back to work."
Soon after, a car traveling down Highway 17 hit seven of the 13 bicyclists. One was a group leader and the other six were students in grades 9 through 12.
Frymire continues, "We heard all this commotion. We heard people screaming and hollering." Frymire says he and his grandfather were some of the first to arrive to the scene. He says, "There were bicycles all across the road. There was food and luggage strung everywhere. They were wadded up."
Frymire's father says the stretch of highway in front of his house is extremely dangerous. "Everyday there's vehicles running off the road and sooner or later it's going to cause a major accident," says Jason Frymire.
While there are no major traces of what happened left in the road on Wednesday, five of the cyclists remain hospitalized-- one in critical condition.
Jason says, "They had all of their vests on, they had all of their equipment on, their flags on their bicycles. You could see them very well." Which is why this family just can't seem to figure out why this unfortunate incident happened. He adds, "There was something else that had to have caused the accident other than the person not being able to see them."