A Cherokee Elementary School teacher was clinging to
life Tuesday afternoon recovering from injuries
sustained in an accident that claimed the life of her
husband and daughter. The three-vehicle crash
occurred Aug. 25 in Lawrence County.
Chad Oliver, 37, of Ash Flat and his daughter, Camillia,
9, were killed instantly in the crash, said Arkansas State
Police Cpl. Phillip Pickett. Oliver's wife, Becky, 34,
suffered multiple internal injuries and was transported
by helicopter to Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Mrs. Oliver was a passenger in the 2002 Chevrolet
Blazer driven by her husband.
The Olivers were traveling south on Highway 63 when
their vehicle crossed the center line and struck a trailer
being towed behind a 1990 Chevrolet pickup driven by
Kenneth Gosha, 46, of Hoxie. The blazer then collided
head-on with a 1994 northbound Freightliner driven by
Ronald Mills of Rolla, Mo.
The Freightliner ran into a ditch and burst into flames
between the highway and railroad tracks running
parallel with the highway, Pickett said.
Railroad workers in the vicinity rescued Mills from the
cab of his truck, Pickett said.
Frank Owens, a Walnut Ridge firefighter, said the fire
department responded to the scene at 5:18 p.m.
Firemen extricated Mrs. Oliver from the Blazer, Owens
said. She was transported to Regional Medical Center
where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday
afternoon. Pickett said she did not require emergency
surgery. Medical personnel were keeping her sedated,
Owens said Oliver and his daughter, Camillia, were
both pronounced dead at the scene by Lawrence
County Coroner Robert Warden.
"Our job is to extricate any survivors," Owens said.
While the victims were being extricated firefighters from
Hoxie and Portia were busy extinguishing the truck fire
and a second blaze in the road ditch.
Mills was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital
at Walnut Ridge where he is listed in stable condition. A
spokesman at the hospital said Mills was being
transferred to another hospital Tuesday but the location
had not been decided.
Mrs. Oliver is a first-grade teacher and her daughter
was a fourth-grader at Cherokee Elementary School.
Oliver was employed as the Izard County Farm Service
Mrs. Oliver suffered a broken collar bone, broken legs,
crushed arms, lacerations to her liver, spleen and
kidneys and collapsed lungs, Pickett said.
The Oliver's son, Payton, 5, was with relatives at the
time of the accident.
The Blazer and Freightliner were both total losses,
Gosha was not injured in the accident, Pickett said.
A Wiseman man was killed Aug. 23 from injuries he
sustained in a one-vehicle accident.
Andrew Frolos, 21, was traveling north on Highway 9
south of Brockwell when he lost control of his 1999
Ford Ranger pickup truck as he rounded a curve, said
Arkansas State Police Trooper Todd Shaw.
Frolos ran off the west side of the highway where he
overturned the truck and struck a tree.
Shaw said Frolos died from a blunt trauma.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by Izard County
Deputy Coroner Michelle Howard.
Shaw said the investigation is ongoing.
The Izard County Sheriff's Office and Melbourne Fire
Department assisted at the scene, Shaw said.