Alma AR, Arkansas State Police, Aug. 8, Crawford County AR, driver not yet identified, fatality, head-on collision, injured, Interstate 40, serious but stable condition, six-year veteran, Trooper Roy Moomey, Van Buren AR, vehicle being driven wrong way, weight station, westbound in eastbound lanes
Crawford County, Ark. — One person died this morning in a collision along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 at the eight mile marker near the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Weight Station at Alma.
Injured in the crash was Arkansas State Trooper First Class Roy Moomey, 41, of Van Buren, Ark.
At approximately 3:35 a.m. today, Aug. 8, Arkansas State Police received information of a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic.
Trooper Moomey was dispatched to the area where his patrol car was struck by the vehicle being driven in the wrong direction.
An investigation of the crash is underway.
State Troopers did not initially identify the deceased driver.
Update: The driver subsequently was identified as Matthew Choate, 24, of Fort Smith. Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune said the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated. However, a state police spokesman said toxicology tests for Choate had not yet come back from the State Crime Lab, so ASP could not confirm whether Choate was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Trooper Moomey is reported to be in serious, but stable condition, police said. Trooper Moomey is a six-year veteran of the Arkansas State Police.
Update: McCune said Moomey underwent surgery on Monday evening, and “everything went good,” according to the Arkansas Times. The trooper had a rod placed into his leg. Moomey also had his wrist pinned, McCune said.
Moomey’s ankle will need further treatment, but doctors will take care of it at a later date, according to the prosecutor.
“It will be a long recovery. Keep the prayers coming,” McCune said.
For updates on Mooney’s status, see McCune’s Facebook page.