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Thursday afternoon accident near Newark claims four lives

A tragic head-on collision of two automobiles on State Highway 69 near Newark took the lives of four people Thursday afternoon.

In his preliminary report, Arkansas State Police Cpl. Michael Woodward said the collision occurred when a Ford Taurus driven by Kathy G. Smith, 58, of Batesville, was traveling south on Highway 69 when it crossed the centerline and struck a northbound Toyota Prius driven by Brenda J. Horn, 76, of Sulphur Rock.

To avoid the collision, Woodward said a Dodge Ram, also traveling northbound, slid into the Prius on the grassy shoulder of the highway.

Perishing in the crash: Smith, the driver of the Taurus; Horn, the driver of the Prius; and two passengers in Horn’s vehicle, Donna S. Crabtree, 77, of Sulphur Rock, and Judy A. Knox, 78, of Halls, Tenn.

Woodward said the weather was clear and the roadway dry at the time of the accident which occurred around 4:30 p.m.

According to Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn, the driver and passengers in the Prius had family ties to the Sulphur Rock Fire Department and Chief Randall Davis.

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