Derrick M. Morris, 26, of Salem, was killed at 2:30 a.m. The accident occurred 1.6 miles east of Arkansas State Highway 9 in Salem. According to the report, Morris was traveling west on U.S. Highway 62/412 in a 1999 GMC pickup, when he failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle traveled off the roadway into the southern ditch. Morris then over-corrected coming back onto the highway and overturning before coming to a rest in the northern ditch, right side up, facing east. Morris' body was taken to Barker's Funeral Home. Trooper Daniel Busch was the investigating officer.
The other fatality occurred at 1:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 62/412 about 5 miles west of Viola. Three vehicles were involved in the accident.
At the same time, Chasity D. Lawing, 26, of Mountain Home, and Caleb Lard, 21, of Mountain Home, were traveling east on the highway. Lawing, driving a 2006 Mazda, exited the south side of the highway and overturned. Lawing and her passenger, 2-year-old Ethan Tacket, had to be extricated from the vehicle. They were transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center.
Lard, driving a 2002 Nissan (box truck) also exited the south side of the highway, overturned and struck a power pole. A passenger in the Lard truck, 28-year-old Steven Rutecki, was fatally injured. Lard was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center.
Emergency personnel responding to the scene included Viola First Responders, Viola Fire and Rescue, Salem Fire Department, Fulton County Sheriff's deputies, Arkansas State Police, Fulton County Ambulances, Baxter Regional Medical Center Ambulances and Air-Evac Lifeteam.
According to Air-Evac officials, one patient was transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
The investigating trooper was Cpl. Kenneth Folley with the Arkansas State Police.