McCRORY, AR (News Release) - State Troopers assigned to Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop D are continuing to investigate a highway crash involving a motor vehicle which struck a group of thirteen bicyclists.
The collision occurred Tuesday about 4:35 p.m., two miles north of McCrory (Woodruff County), along State Highway 17.
Seven of the cyclists were injured as the group traveled northbound and were struck from the rear by a car driven by Teagan Ross Martin, 21, of Newport.
Martin has been questioned by State Troopers who are continuing their investigation. The investigation will continue into next week and will subsequently be submitted to the Woodruff County Prosecuting Attorney for consideration of any charges against Martin.
The cyclists, most of them teenagers, all from out-of-state, were traveling cross-country under the supervision of Summer Camps of Williamstown, Massachusetts. The tour had begun in Charleston, South Carolina and was destined for Santa Monica, California.
Original story (July 2):
McCRORY, AR -- Overland Summers, the organization sponsoring a group of cyclists involved in a serious accident in Northeast Arkansas Tuesday afternoon has released a statement on the incident.
Newport, Arkansas - On July 2, 2013 seven individuals on an Overland bicycle touring program were injured when a car traveling on route 17 struck the group. Police and paramedics responded to the scene. Three of the individuals were airlifted from the scene, including one individual who is in critical condition. The remaining four individuals were transported by ambulance and were being treated at local hospitals. Of these four individuals, two have been released. At this time, we at Overland would like to express our deepest concern for those injured and our gratitude to the emergency response teams.
The bicyclists were taking part in an event known as the American Challenge.
Overland, based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, provides summer camp programs for kids age 10 to 19. The ages of the injured cyclists are not known. Arkansas State Police continue to investigate.