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Three die in two wrecks

Thursday, August 28, 2003

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,

he added.

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

Agency manager.

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,

Owens said.

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.

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