Members of the Poteau Police Department along with Poteau and Shady Point Fire Departments and LeFlore County EMS were called the the scene of a serious one vehicle accident just north of Poteau on State Highway 59 this evening shortly after 6 p.m. According to witnesses at the scene the accident occurred when a 16-year-old female was thrown from her horse near the Arena Steakhouse. The horse reportedly then ran from the Arena to Hwy. 59 and into traffic where it was struck by a vehicle driven by a Shady Point man traveling southbound towards Poteau.
On Friday December 30, 2011, Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley announced that an agreement had been reached and finalized with a Chinese firm to reopen the Tiger Trucks facility (now Tiger International) in the Poteau Industrial Park.
Tiger Trucks originally opened its doors in Poteau July 31, 2008, while under the ownership of a different Chinese firm. Which offered jobs to approximately 300 workers, and was the first U.S. play to produce Chinese heritage vehicles. The Poteau plant was designed to manufacture 7,500 vehicles per year.