Buffalo National River (BNR) officials have released additional information regarding a fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon in Newton County. The Arkansas State Police’s (ASP) preliminary crash report indicates 48-year-old Carlos E. Tabron was the driver of the truck traveling north on State Highway 21 south of Boxley. Tabron’s vehicle failed to negotiate a downhill right-hand curve, exited the left side of the roadway and overturned on the driver’s side in a field. BNR officials say the accident occurred near the Buffalo River Trailhead. Tabron’s vehicle was reportedly loaded with industrial rolls of paper.
Impact from the accident caused the trucks fuel tanks to rupture, spilling approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel in the field. BNRs resource management staff responded and determined the spill was contained in the soil near the accident; no contamination entered nearby waterways.
Buffalo National River is working with the State Office of Emergency Management and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to clean up the diesel fuel and restore the vegetation. The Arkansas State Police and Newton County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the incident.