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At approximately 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, February 20th, 35-year-old Melissa Forrest, of Monticello, collided with a parked Arkansas Department of Transportation dump truck along U.S. Highway 65 in Lake Village.

 

The Department of Transportation crew was repairing potholes nearby when the accident occurred. Ms. Forrest was fatally injured. No other injuries were reported.

 

Conditions at the time were reportedly clear and dry.

 

Accident Location: U.S. Highway 65, Lake Village, Arkansas

25-year-old Guadalupe Del C. Castorena was fatally injured Sunday, February 11th just after 5:00 p.m. on the U.S. Highway 64 Bypass at Stanley Road in Vilonia.

 

Ms. Castorena's vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, struck the rear-end of another vehicle as it slowed for traffic. Ms. Castorena's vehicle then slid sideways before being struck by an 18-wheeler. Both vehicles then careened off the south side of the highway. Ms. Castorena's Chevrolet struck a tree before the 18-wheeler then once again struck her vehicle, sliding on top of Ms. Castorena's car.

 

Conditions at the time of the accident were rainy and wet.

 

Accident Location: U.S. Highway 64 Bypass, Vilonia, Arkansas, Faulkner County

85-year-old Dorothy Maxine Collins, of Camden, was fatally injured in an accident Monday afternoon, February 12th. At approximately 2:10 p.m., Ms. Collins was traveling north on U.S. Highway 167 South in El Dorado when she was rear-ended by a northbound semi-truck.

 

The 18 wheeler collided with Ms. Collins' 2006 Toyota, forcing her car to the east side of U.S. 167. One other was injured during the accident.

 

Conditions at the time were said to be dry and clear.

 

Accident Location: U.S. Highway 167, El Dorado, Arkansas

57-year-old Joseph Palasak, of Rogers, was fatally injured on Saturday, February 10th during a multi-car crash on an icy I-49 North, near the West Fork exit.

 

Cloudy and freezing rain conditions led to several vehicles colliding on an I-49 bridge near 5:45 p.m. As many as 20 vehicles were involved in the accident. According to the Arkansas State Police report, Mr. Palask had exited his vehicle when a second vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Murano, lost control and slid into Mr. Palask's 2016 Honda Pilot, also striking Mr. Palask and forcing him over the side of the bridge.

 

Accident Location: I-49 near West Fork, Arkansas

De Queen resident, Jesus Fraier was fatally injured in a collision Friday night, February 9th in Little River County. The 34-year-old was traveling north on Arkansas 71, just south of Wilton, when a southbound GMC truck crossed the centerline and struck Mr. Fraier's Ford Focus.

 

According to Arkansas State Police, seven others were injured in the collision.

 

Conditions at the time were reportedly cloud and roads were wet.

 

Accident Location: Arkansas 71, Wilton, Arkansas, Little River County

Shirley Ames, of Russellville, was fatally injured after she attempted to retrieve something on Interstate 430 shortly after 6:45 p.m. on Monday, February 5th.

 

The accident occurred near the Crystal Hill Road exit in North Little Rock as Ms. Ames reportedly stepped onto Interstate 430 to retrieve an unknown item. Ms. Ames was hit by a northbound Cadillac CTS.

 

Conditions at the time of the crash were said to be clear and dry.

 

Accident Location: Interstate 430 near Crystal Hill Road, North Little Rock, AR, Pulaski County

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