Category: Auto Accidents

30-Year-Old Man Dies After Tire Flies Through Windshield

On Thursday, December 3rd, one man died when a tire from a westbound vehicle collided with his windshield. The accident occurred on Interstate 630 in Little Rock around 10 p.m.

The accident involved a 2021 Dodge Ram, which was traveling west on I-630 near Chester Street. The rear driver-side wheel of the Ram suddenly dislodged and traveled over the concrete barrier into the eastbound lane, driving through the front windshield of a 2013 Hyundai.

The Hyundai came to a rest in the third lane of I-630 E, and a 2014 Chevrolet was unable to stop before rear-ending the vehicle, according to Arkansas State Police.

The driver of that 2013 Hyundai was Matthew Boswell, 30, of Trumann. Unfortunately, Boswell died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Conditions at the time of the crash as clear and dry and no additional injuries were reported. 

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Two Killed in Lake Village Intersection Crash

On Thanksgiving Day, 2021, two people died in an early morning collision at a Lake Village intersection.

At 7:40 a.m., according to preliminary Arkansas State Police reports, a 2001 Peterbilt was headed northbound on U.S. 65. The vehicle made a left-hand turn with a protected green arrow onto U.S. 82, where it was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The oncoming vehicle, a 2018 Hyundai, was headed south on U.S. 65. Driven by Karena M. Everett, 26, of Pine Bluff, the Hyundai ran through a red light and collided with the Peterbilt. Everett and her passenger, Diamante Estrellas, 23, of Little Rock, were reported dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured and was not identified in the report.

According to the police report, it was raining and the road was wet at the time of the crash.

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Pedestrian Killed in Little Rock, One of Over 500 This Year

On October 23rd, 2021, around 7:50pm, a Little Rock man was walking the 5100 block of Asher Avenue. A 1998 Nissan traveling east at an unknown speed hit the man, 44-year-old Zachary Triano of Little Rock. 

Area police said the conditions were dry and clear at the time of the crash, and the cause of the accident is unknown. Unfortunately, Triano was pronounced dead at the scene. He is also one of two men who died in pedestrian accidents in the area on the same weekend.

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle in North Little Rock

On Friday, October 1, a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle as she attempted to cross the 2600 block of Pike Avenue in North Little Rock. 

Officers responded to a call around 7:33 p.m. Friday evening, according to North Little Rock police. When they arrived, they found the woman, 45-year-old Regina Nolley, lying on the ground. Nolley was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was traveling northbound as Nolley was crossing the roadway. The driver was uninjured, and no charges have been filed at this time. Both driver and vehicle remain unidentified. 

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Batesville Crash Involving Daycare Van Ends in Death of Child

On Thursday, September 23rd, a 2019 Chevrolet van and a GMC Sierra truck were in a head-on collision on U.S 167 in Batesville. The incident led to the death of Tammy J Gardner, from Hardy, and one minor passenger, whose identity has not been released.

The Arkansas State Police reports that Gardner, driving a 2019 Chevrolet van with two minor passengers, was headed south on U.S. 167 in the early morning hours. The 2016 GMC Sierra, driven by Cody L. Conboy, 20, of Greenbriar, was headed northbound. Conboy drove into the southbound lanes of traffic and struck the left front of Gardner’s van with the left front of his truck.

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Collision on Crow Mountain Road Results in Discovery of a Stolen Car, Entrapment & Airlifting

Six people were injured in a two-car collision on Monday, September 13, around 4:30 p.m., leading one person to become entrapped in his vehicle and two people with critical injuries. It was later discovered that one of the vehicles was reported stolen earlier that same week.

This collision, which took place on Crow Mountain Road near the intersection of Double Springs Road, was originally reported as a basic two-vehicle collision. Upon preliminary investigation of the crash, however, Arkansas State Police found that one of the vehicles was stolen. 

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Early Morning I-30 Crash Involving Three Vehicles Claims Life of 23 Year Old

A three vehicle collision led to the death of a 23-year-old Malvern man on August 6, 2021. The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 30 in Saline County.

According to Arkansas State Police, the driver of a Chevy Tahoe hit the concrete median in the far left lane of the westbound interstate. The vehicle rolled on its side and a driver of a Toyota Camry pulled over to call 911. Unfortunately, a Jeep Cherokee collided with the turned-over Taho and the driver, found to be Cody Henley of Malvern, was ejected.

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Clark County Fatal Crash Involving Five

Two trucks collided in rural Clark County on Tuesday, June 15, killing one and injuring four. The collision occurred just before 5:30pm on Owens Road at the intersection of State Highway 8.

A Glenwood man whose name was not released was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger northbound on Owens Road, and a Norman man (name also not released) was driving a Ford F-150 eastbound.

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White Hall Council Member Killed in New Year’s Eve Crash

Andy Lunsford, a Ward City City Council Member in White Hall, AR, was killed in a car crash on New Year’s Eve. Rainy road conditions may have influenced the crash, which occurred near exit 7 of Interstate 530 in Pulaski County.

As a real estate appraiser, Lunsford was a major part of White Hall’s growth and was an important part of the development on Sheridan Road, a major thoroughfare in the growing suburb.

Lunsford, 48, was driving westbound on Pratt Road, along with a large 3-350 truck. A third vehicle, a 2015 Mustang, was turning onto Pratt Road from Ironton Road, and struck the side of the westbound E-350 truck.

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The Risks and Rewards of Arkansas’ Trucking Industry

Recognized as a national freight industry leader, Arkansas has an extensive freight transportation system that includes highways, railways, waterways, air cargo, and pipelines.

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These systems support Arkansas’ freight‐related industries across a number of different sectors, providing connectivity to the rest of the state and the country.

Arkansas’ trucking industry is the backbone of the freight transportation system; it affects the everyday lives of Arkansans, from transporting goods to creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.

However, this great responsibility comes with great risk.

Freight truck accidents occur every day, injuring and killing hundreds of people annually. Arkansas is among 14 states that suffer an unusually high rate of tractor-trailer accidents: more than 14 percent of all roadway fatalities in Arkansas involved a large commercial vehicle in 2015.

Because Arkansas relies on its freight economy, it’s important to understand both the rewards and risks of our state’s trucking industry.

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