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Rain is factor in wrecks

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

June 30 wreck on Highway 39. Photo by Erma Harris
This weekend's rain was to blame in a fatal collision in Izard County and another that injured a Fulton County woman.

July 1 at approximately 12:37 p.m., Sean M. Vann, 16, of Charles City, Iowa, was killed and a passenger, Jessie Tyrone of Calico Rock was injured when Vann lost control of the 2003 Dodge Dakota he was operating.

According to the official report by Arkansas Trooper Brandon Cook, Vann was traveling north along Highway 5 about 5.5 miles south of Calico Rock.

As the vehicle traveled into a curve, Vann lost control on the wet pavement, ran off the road and overturned.

Vann, who was not wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tyrone was taken to the Community Medical Center of Izard County in Calico Rock.

The hospital would not release any information regarding Tyrone's condition.

The rain was also a factor that sent Kimberly Smith-Harber, 37, of Salem to the Fulton County Hospital where she was treated for injuries, according to Trooper Ronnie Stewart.

On June 30 around 4:35 p.m., Smith-Harber was operating a 2003 Dodge Durango, traveling north along Highway 395 when the wreck occurred, Stewart said.

He said Smith-Harber was about 7.4 miles north of Salem when she lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle slid sideways across the opposite lane of traffic, ran off the road, struck a box culvert and rolled two times before landing right side up in a ditch on the north side of the highway.

Smith-Harber was pulled from the vehicle by members of the Salem Fire Department and area first responders.

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