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Williford woman dies in wreck

Thursday, August 3, 2006

A two-vehicle wreck July 28 claimed the life of a Williford woman and shut down traffic on Highway 63 for about an hour, said Arkansas State Trooper Seth Higginbottom.

The wreck occurred at 1:13 p.m. just north of the clock shop near Bowman Hill, Higginbottom said.

Jeanette Beach, 34, of Williford was driving a 1995 Ford north on Highway 63 when she attempted to negotiate a right curve and crossed the center line and struck an oncoming 2005 Chevrolet Uplander van driven by Philip Atherton, 39, of Ullin, Ill., Higginbottom said.

The crash, which was nearly head on, caused full front damage to the Atherton vehicle and to the front and side of Beach's vehicle.

Beach was transported to White River Medical Center in Batesville by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, Higginbottom said.

Atherton, his wife, Tracy, and 2-year-old son, Philip, were transported by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service to Randolph County Medical Center in Pocahontas with minor injuries.

Seatbelts were in use in the Atherton vehicle. Beach was not wearing her seatbelt, Higginbottom said.

No citations were issued. The rain could have contributed to the wreck, Higginbottom said.

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