A one-vehicle crash in rural Clay County on Saturday afternoon claimed the life of George Wellman, 73, of Corning.

Wellman was driving a 2003 Ford west on U.S. Highway 62 when the vehicle ran off the road, struck a telephone pole, continued down an embankment, and hit a tree.

The crash occurred at 12:48 p.m. and weather and road conditions were clear and dry according to Arkansas State Police.

Two Batesville residents were killed and three injured after a one-vehicle accident in rural Independence County Saturday night.

According to the fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police, Samantha Townsend, 30, and Misty Vazquez, 43, both of Batesville, were killed in the accident. Batesville residents Harli Slater, 23, Morgan Stephens, 25, and Phillip Terry were also injured in the crash.

Townsend was traveling southbound on Kelley Road at about 9:59 p.m. at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the 2018 Polaris RZR while traversing a right curve. The vehicle then traveled southeast off the roadway until it hit a tree before coming to rest facing eastbound against the tree.

The injured were taken to the White River Medical Center and UAMS.

According to the ASP crash summary, conditions were cloudy and dry at the time of the accident.

A one-vehicle crash Wednesday, Jan. 20, resulted in the death of a Jonesboro man.

James Essay, 58, died after the 2020 Audi he was driving south on Harrisburg Road, in Craighead County, crossed over the center line to the eastern side of the road and ran through a wooden and brick fence.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the vehicle hit a ramp of dirt, became airborne, then hit the ground and rolled until landing on the driver’s side.

The crash happened at 12:55 a.m. Weather conditions were clear and road conditions were dry.

Paxton News Bureau contributed to this article.

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