A Poughkeepsie, Ark., man flipped his truck Thursday morning, just before 9:30, while driving into Batesville from the east on Harrison Street. (State Hwy. 69).
Apparently, the driver of the pickup truck, Danny Beard, 62, told police he was driving along in the outside lane reading signs for directions to his destination when the right front tire of his truck struck the curb near Dry Kiln Road.
The investigating officer for the Batesville Police Department, patrolman Trevor Graddy, said when that happened, Beard’s 2000 Ford Ranger left the roadway and became airborne. Upon landing, the pickup truck rolled and struck a fixed sign pole north of State Hwy. 69 before coming to rest upside down. Police said the accident caused an estimated $3,000 in damages to property owned by Melody and Gilbert Lopez. Beard’s vehicle appeared to be totaled.
Patrolman Graddy said when he arrived on scene, Beard was out of the truck and sitting on the curb. Graddy said Beard was taken by Vital Link ambulance to the White River Medical Center to be checked for injuries.
No citations were issued.
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