2 wrecks kill driver, biker; 3 others hurt

Posted: March 3, 2018 at 1:01 a.m.

At least two people have been killed in crashes since Monday, according to preliminary reports from Arkansas State Police.

A Gassville man died and two other people were injured when the same pickup hit two vehicles Tuesday morning on a highway in the state's north, the state police said.

The three-vehicle wreck happened about 6:30 a.m. as Cody Thomas, 26, of Gassville was traveling north on U.S. 65 through Bellefonte in Boone County, according to a report.

Thomas was driving a 2010 Ford Focus behind a 2005 Toyota Camry.

Police said a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado traveling south crossed over the turn lane into the northbound lanes, striking the Camry. The impact caused the Silverado to then hit the Focus head-on, the report states. Thomas suffered fatal injuries.

Two other people were reported injured. They were not named in the report, and the extent of their injuries was not listed.

On Monday, a 67-year-old man was killed in a three-vehicle wreck involving a school bus in Crawford County, the state police said.

The crash happened about 4:10 p.m. on Arkansas 282 east of Rudy, according to a preliminary report.

The state police said Billy Ray Faries of Fort Smith was traveling east on a 2015 Kawasaki when he crossed the centerline at a curve and struck the driver's side of a westbound 2015 Hyundai.

Faries "was separated from his vehicle and struck the driver's side" of a westbound school bus, police reported.

Faries died as a result of the crash, the report stated. Another person was injured, though the report did not name that person.

Police said the weather was clear and roads were dry at the time of the wrecks.

NW News on 03/03/2018