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Local landmark destroyed in single-vehicle crash in Fort Smith

Fort Smith residents were upset to learn that one of the city’s favorite local landmarks was destroyed in a single-vehicle car crash around mid-day on Thursday, August 24th. Locals and visitors enjoyed the local treasure, which was an antique medical carriage that was formerly used by doctors to make house-calls. The carriage was a landmark for many in the town, who would often give directions to others by referencing the carriage outside the “Through the Years” antique mall.

The carriage was destroyed when a driver plowed into it after veering off the road. After demolishing the carriage, the car continued through and hit a light pole before continuing to spin out of control. The driver was taken to the hospital with injuries, and authorities have not yet released details on how the crash occurred. They do believe that the driver may have been unconscious at the time of the crash, whether from falling asleep or some other reason.

If the accident was caused by a mechanical error or some auto defect, the injured driver may be able to take action against the vehicle manufacturer. While vehicle defects have not been announced by investigators, it is always a possibility when investigating any crash. I looked up legal resources in Fort Smith, and according to this law firm, McCutchen & Sexton’s website, if it were driver error, the driver would obviously have no legal recourse, but if the accident was not the driver’s fault, he or she may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover expenses due to his or her medical bills, any lost wages, and replacement of their vehicle. The damage to property, like the carriage, may also be paid for by the party responsible.

In the meantime, the carriage’s owner, Terri Feeny, the owner of Through the Years, is trying to figure out how to replace the priceless carriage. According to Channel 5 News, Feeny said “I’m hoping that we can find someone who can build us one that looks like it. I’m hoping to have a replica made.” While Feeny looks for someone who can make a replica, she is putting together a collection of photos of the carriage so that the memory of the local landmark will live on. She asked the police to leave what debris was left of the wreckage so that she could salvage certain pieces of it, a favor that they were happy to oblige.

For many people in the town, the carriage was a small source of pride and was an enjoyable local attraction that is now completely destroyed. We will follow up with more news on this story if the authorities ever release news about how or why the crash occurred. We will make sure to keep you posted on the latest news regarding this beloved local landmark.