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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Accidents result in one fatality

  • Three accidents which occurred Thursday, Friday and Saturday, kept law enforcement officials busy and resulted in one fatality and several injuries.
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  • Three accidents which occurred Thursday, Friday and Saturday, kept law enforcement officials busy and resulted in one fatality and several injuries. An horrific crash claimed the life of a Fulton man Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 67 in Miller County, an 18-wheeler driver suffered injuries in a Saturday wreck, and a Hempstead County couple was transported to St. Michael's Hospital on Friday as a result of a wreck. Joseph R. Postlethwait, 25, of Fulton, died at the scene of the accident on Hwy. 67, at Miller County Road 112 on Thursday, according to Arkansas State Police. According to ASP reports, Postlethwait was driving southbound on Hwy. 67, when he drove his Chevrolet Trailblazer into the left lane, overcorrected, and slid sideways, leaving the roadway on the right side, and striking a 14 inch tree, before landing in a dry creek bed, where the vehicle burst into flames. The tree snapped in two as a result of the violent crash, according to the report. The first call came into Miller County dispatch at 4:36 a. m., according to ASP Trooper John Talley, who worked the accident. Both Miller County first responders and Miller County Volunteer Fire Department worked the scene while state troopers and an ambulance were enroute. “The accident probably happened around 4:30 a. m., and a passerby noticed the smoke and called it in at approximately 4:36 a. m.,” Talley said. “There were no eyewitnesses to the accident and Miller County Coroner Eddie Hawkins pronounced Postlethwait at the scene of the accident at 6:30 a. m. The vehicle fire was so hot, it melted the black box in the vehicle, so we couldn't gather any information from that source.” The body was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for further identification, according to Talley. Postlethwait was the lone occupant in the vehicle, Talley's report said. ASP Trooper Travis Hale worked an accident that occurred on Arkansas 174 North in Hempstead County Friday afternoon. Trooper Hale reported the call came into dispatch at approximately 12:29 p. m. and everyone left the scene after two hours. According to Hale, Charles Murphy, of Hope, was driving a Ford Taurus, when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit an electrical pole on the opposite side of the road. The vehicle flipped once and landed in a pasture. The crash resulted in a grass fire which spread approximately 50-60 feet. Perrytown Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene quickly and extinguished the flames. Tonya Murphy, also of Hope, and a nine-year-old male were also in the vehicle when the crash occurred. Charles and Tonya Murphy were transported by Pafford Emergency Medical Services to Christus St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana. The child was not injured, according to Hale. Hempstead County Sheriff's Office deputies and Perrytown VFD responded to the accident, as well as ASP. In another accident which occurred Saturday afternoon, an 18-wheeler landed in the median of Interstate 30 just before going down an embankment and going halfway up the other side. An eyewitness to the crash told a reporter on the scene that he saw the truck in the median, traveling west, and then didn't see him anymore. Hazel Street was blocked near the Arkansas State Police Troop G headquarters for approximately four hours. The Hope Police Department, Arkansas State Police, two units of the Hope Fire Department, and two units of Pafford EMS were on hand at the scene. According to ASP information, the wreck did not result in fatalities, but a Life Flight helicopter was observed in the air. No further details were available at press time today. Darrin Henley, ASP trooper, worked the accident.
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