by: Scott McCaulley
Two accidents, happening nearly at the same time, in two different parts of the Lakes Region kills one person and seriously injuries two others.
Both accidents happened around 4:40 Saturday afternoon with the fatality crash taking place in Carroll County west of Green Forest at the intersection of Highway 62 and South Highway 103. The Arkansas State Police reports a bicycle driven by 22-year-old Wesley Martin of Green Forest was struck by one vehicle which separated him from the bike and into a second vehicle. Martin was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield where he was later pronounced dead. This is the 83rd fatality in accidents worked by the Arkansas State Police in 2021.
Meanwhile, about the same time on Highway 65 in Saddlebrooke near the Christian/Taney County Line, a motorcycle ran off the roadway and ejected both the driver and a passenger on the motorcycle. Brandon and Rachel Schlitz, both of Nixa, were taken Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment of their serious injuries.