Trio rescue unresponsive motorist from vehicle in creek

Trio rescue unresponsive motorist from vehicle in creek
(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - A motorist is in a hospital this afternoon after being found trapped and unresponsive in a vehicle in a creek.

The wreck occurred after noon today about 3 miles south of Ashdown in Little River County, Ark.

Two Ashdown police officers and a civilian pulled Ronald Newkirk from the vehicle.

Ashdown police Capt. Bobby Walraven said he and an undercover officer, who were the first to arrive at the wreck scene, saw the vehicle upside down and partially submerged in the water. They and Al Henderson, a civilian, jumped in the water to help Newkirk. 
 
When the 3 men pushed the vehicle upright, they discovered Newkirk unconscious and without a pulse. Walraven said they were able to revive the man while he still was trapped in the vehicle.

Newkirk later was taken to Christus St. Michael in Texarkana, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical but stable condition.

The wreck is being investigated by Arkansas State Police.

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