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Salem teacher dies in SUV wreck

Thursday, December 11, 2003

FATALITY: Early morning accident on Byron Road in Salem Dec. 3.
Staff Writer

A Salem school teacher was killed in a one-vehicle accident Dec. 3 on Bryron Road.

Jennifer Gray, 35, and her son, James, 7, of Salem were traveling on Byron Road when her vehicle hydroplaned and she lost control of her 1995 GMC Jimmy Sports Utility Vehicle, according to a police report.

Her vehicle exited the west side of the county road and traveled along a grassy shoulder until the vehicle struck a private drive and skidded sideways. The left rear tire deflated and the wheels caught in the dirt shoulder which caused the vehicle to overturn twice and stop in an upright position facing south in the middle of the road, the report said.

Gray and her son were ejected from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a safety belt, according to Deputy Paul Martin.

Both were transported to the Fulton County Hospital but Gray's son was later transferred to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock where he was treated and released, according to Salem School Superintendent Bob Foster who arrived at the scene.

Foster said he first learned of the accident via radio contact from a bus driver. He said he had heard that one of the victims was on staff at the school so he jumped into his car and headed to the scene, he said.

By the time Foster arrived Gray and her son were being transported to the hospital by Fulton County Ambulance Service, he said.

An officer at the scene said Air Evac could not land because of the rainy weather conditions. Officers from Fulton County and Arkansas State Police along with Salem First Responders arrived at the scene.

Foster said Gray had taught at Salem Elementary School for nearly 10 1/2 years. She was well liked by students and staff, he said. "We will miss her dearly."

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