Crash kills girl, hurts five other teens

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

A 14-year-old was killed and five other teenagers were in­jured when the ve­hi­cle they were in over­turned in Pine Bluff early Satur­day morn­ing, Ar­kan­sas State Po­lice re­ported.

At 2:16 a.m., Pine Bluff po­lice were no­ti­fied of the crash in the 4400 block of South Olive Street. A 2010 Mer­cury that had been trav­el­ing north on Olive Street at a high rate of speed left the road­way and flipped over sev­eral times, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the state po­lice and the Pine Bluff Po­lice De­part­ment.

One per­son was ejected from the car and was pro­nounced dead at the scene, Pine Bluff po­lice said in a news re­lease. A pre­lim­i­nary ac­ci­dent re­port from the state po­lice iden­ti­fied the per­son killed as a 14-year-old fe­male pas­sen­ger.

The re­port said a 17-yearold boy, who was driv­ing the car, was in­jured. Also hurt were four pas­sen­gers: an­other 17-year-old boy, a 13-yearold girl, a 15-year-old girl and 18-year-old Napoleon Strong of Pine Bluff. The mi­nors in­volved in the ac­ci­dent were not named, in ac­cor­dance with state po­lice pol­icy.

All of the in­jured were taken to Jef­fer­son Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Pine Bluff for treat­ment. Pine Bluff po­lice said there was no in­for­ma­tion on their con­di­tions Satur­day and that more in­for­ma­tion would be re­leased once an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted.

On Fri­day, an­other sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash killed a Vi­ola man in Ful­ton County, state po­lice re­ported.

Jearl Ford, 85, was driv­ing south on Ar­kan­sas 223 in a 1994 Dodge. At 2:45 p.m., about 5 miles north of U.S. 62, the Dodge left the road­way and struck a cul­vert, killing Ford, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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