NEWPORT — Two apparently unrelated incidents over a five hour period Tuesday claimed the lives of three children along two U.S. highways in Jackson and Saline counties, according to the Arkansas State Police. Both are being investigated by Special Agents of the ASP Criminal Investigation Division.
A Newport woman was killed Monday in an unrelated three-vehicle accident in Jackson County.
At 4:07 a.m. Tuesday state troopers of the Highway Patrol Division were dispatched to the 98 mile marker of U.S. Highway 67 south of the Jackson and Craighead County line where two children were found dead. The victims have been identified as Michael Rogers, III, 10, and his sister, Princess Josh-Lyn Logan, 3.
The children were apparently struck by a southbound tractor-trailer commercial carrier driven by Gerald Sanders, 77. Sanders was not injured.
Latoya Taylor, 26, the mother of the children was found at the fatality scene when state troopers arrived, but she was not physically injured.
In an unrelated incident, at 8:53 a.m. state troopers responded to a call from a motorist reporting a young child had been dropped from a moving vehicle along the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 near the 117 mile marker in Saline County.
The child, believed to be about 2 years-old, died after troopers were on the scene and awaiting emergency medical care to arrive.
CID special agents are questioning witnesses in each case. Agents have been in contact with prosecuting attorneys in both local jurisdictions and will submit criminal case files for consideration whether to file formal charges in the deaths.
No arrests had been made in either case as of press deadline Tuesday evening.
A Jackson County woman died Monday and five others were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Arkansas 384, according to state police.
Amanda Chapman, 41, of Newport, initially collided with a pickup truck, the preliminary crash summary states. Chapman’s 2017 Chevrolet Traverse and a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 were “stationary crossways” in both traffic lanes.
Doyle Ballard, traveling west in a 2014 GMC Sierra, hit the front end of Chapman’s SUV and the driver’s side of the other pickup. Chapman perished in the accident.
Ballard, as well as Chapman’s passengers – Blake Pretty, 31, of Newport, and a female minor – were injured. James London, the 81-year-old Grubbs driver of the Ram 1500, and his passenger Donna London, 71, were also hurt.
The injured parties were transported to Unity Health, Methodist University Hospital, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center and St. Bernards Medical Center, the summary read.