According to the crash report obtained from the Ash Flat Police Department, the accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. in the turn lane leading to Murphy's USA gas station just up from Remington Plaza in Ash Flat on Highway 62/412. The turning lane is also shared by motorists turning in to other businesses on the opposite side of the road in close proximity to one another.
The report compiled by Ash Flat Police Officer Dan Fry states that a 2003 Honda Accord driven by Larry Kendrick, 63, of Hardy was driving northbound and hit a 2001 motorcycle head-on. The motocycle was driven by Gabriel Anderson, 34, of Hardy who was driving southbound in the same turning lane.
Kendrick and his passenger Pam Kendrick were uninjured in the accident. Anderson, who was thrown from his motorcycle, was air lifted to Springfield following the incident. No citations were issued.
Gary Bagwell, a witness to the accident, said he was following directly behind the Kendrick vehicle. He was driving toward Highland in the inside lane (near the turning lane) when he saw the motorcycle approaching in the turning lane. He said there was a car in front of the Kendrick vehicle which prevented the motorcycle from seeing the Kendrick vehicle enter the turning lane at the same time. Bagwell said Anderson was attempting to make a left turn at the same time as Kenrick attempted to make a right turn.
Bagwell said the car swerved to the right to try to avoid the motorcycle and Anderson was thrown from the motorcycle and hit the bumper of the Kendrick vehicle.
The location has businesses adjacent from one another, which forces both north and south bound traffic to use the same turning lane. In many cases, as was with this accident, one side is left blind due to oncoming traffic upon entering the turning lane. This area has been the site of several accidents.