BERRYVILLE -- A truck driver injured Thursday morning when his gasoline-filled tanker overturned outside Berryville is recovering well, a coworker said Monday.
"Considering what he's been through, he's in good shape," Joe Burrows said.
Burrows is the general manager of La Sher Oil Company, the Little Rock firm for which George Braswell was towing gas when his truck overturned.
Braswell, 58, of Little Rock is being treated at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock. The hospital would not release any information about his condition Monday afternoon, saying only that the patient was "being assessed" -- after several days in that facility. However, The Harrison Daily Times reported Aug. 4 that Braswell had suffered hip and other minor injuries.
The accident occurred about 11 a.m. on Highway 21, just south of County Road 506.
Braswell was heading north when he lost control while trying to negotiate a left-hand turn, according to police reports.
His truck struck a street sign, overturned, and slid down the highway embankment before coming to rest against a stand of trees.
An ambulance arrived 10 minutes after the emergency call was placed, reports show. Braswell was airlifted from St. John's Hospital in Berryville to Mercy Hospital in Fayetteville before being taken to Little Rock.
Bobby Edens was driving behind Braswell when the accident occurred. He said he and another man had pulled the driver from the cab before paramedics arrived.
The cause of the accident is not clear, though Edens said the driver told him he thought something had come loose in the front of the tanker.
The accident occurred at a curve in the road where local residents say many crashes have occurred over the years.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this report included an inaccurate quote from Edens regarding what he thought caused the accident. Edens says that he did not tell Carroll County News that the driver was going too fast. Carroll County News apologizes for the misunderstanding.