by: Scott McCaulley
Law Enforcement in both Arkansas and Missouri are kept busy Monday working three traffic accidents, two of which result in fatalities.
The first occurred Monday morning just after 10:00 on Highway 43 southwest of Harrison near Gaither when a sports utility vehicle driven by 38-year-old Ludgerio Elizondo of Clarksville exited the roadway and struck a tree on the passenger side of the vehicle. One of four passengers in the vehicle, 32-year-old Fatima Moro also of Clarksville, died as a result of the collision while the other passengers and driver were taken to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison for treatment of their injuries. Road conditions were dry at the time of the collision according to the report from the Arkansas State Police.
A man from Arkansas dies in a two-vehicle crash in Missouri later in the day. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred around 3:50 on Highway 5 south of Gainesville in Ozark County and involved two pick-up trucks. A pick-up driven by 68-year-old Patricia Hobbs of Jordan, Arkansas crossed the center line and collided head on with a pick-up driven by 59-year-old Michael Clark of Flippin. Both drivers were taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home where Clark was pronounced dead while Hobbs was being treated for serious injuries.
A man from Cedar Creek escapes with only moderate injuries Monday night in a single vehicle crash near his hometown. The Highway Patrol report indicates the accident took place around 8:20 on Highway KK when 72-year-old Terry Chase ran his SUV ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Chase was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield for treatment of his injuries.