Stupid people tricks in Cotton Patch, Arkansas
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 96 23:18:45 -0700
Subject: Stupid people tricks in Cotton Patch, Arkansas
The following article was taken from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
Two Local Men Injured in Freak Truck Accident Cotton Patch, Ark.
Two local men were seriously injured when their pick-up truck left the
road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday
morning. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly
after midnight Monday.
Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock
are listed in serious condition at Baptist Medical Center.
The accident occurred as the two men were returning to Des Arc after a
frog gigging trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole's pick-up truck
headlights malfunctioned. The two men concluded that the headlight fuse
on the older model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not
available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullet from his pistol fit
perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering wheel column. Upon
the bullet,the headlights again began to operate properly and the two men
proceeded on east-bound toward the White River bridge.
After traveling approximately twenty miles and just before crossing the
river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in
the right testicle. The vehicle swerved sharply to the right exiting the
pavement and striking a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and
abrasions from the accident, but will require surgury to repair the other
wound. Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released.
"Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his nuts off or
we might both be dead" stated Wallis. "I've been a trooper for ten years in
this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that
those two would admit how this accident happened", said Snyder.
Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia, Poole's wife asked how many
frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck.
© 1996 Peter Langston