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At least four people have died in separate road accidents since Saturday.

Am Arkansas Department of Transportation worker died Monday afternoon while patching asphalt on a state highway, the agency said.

James Kirk Watts, 43, of Marshall died after the road roller he was driving traveled off a Searcy County road and overturned, agency spokesman Danny Straessle said.

According to Straessle, Watts was pronounced dead at the scene around noon. He had worked with the agency for 13 years, the spokesman said.

A 36-year-old Helena-West Helena man suffered fatal injuries early Sunday after his 2005 Chevrolet pickup traveled off a road and overturned, authorities said.

The single-vehicle wreck happened around 2:30 a.m. as James Seaton was traveling south on Phillips County Road 315 in Helena-West Helena, according to a preliminary crash report from the Arkansas State Police.

Travel conditions at the time of the report were described by police as clear and dry.

A crash Saturday on an icy Arkansas highway left one person dead and two others hurt, police said.

The wreck happened around 7:30 a.m. on Arkansas 16 east of Siloam Springs in Benton County, according to a preliminary report.

Police said a Lowell man was driving a 2005 Nissan west when he lost control in a curve, and the vehicle crossed the centerline and traveled into eastbound traffic.

The vehicle then entered a ditch, and its passenger side struck a tree before the vehicle overturned and landed on its top, authorities said.

A passenger, 20-year-old Miles D. Walker of Rogers, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver, Riley E. Stanley, 21, and another passenger, 20-year-old Mason A. Smith of Siloam Springs, were also reportedly hurt.

Police said the road was icy and the weather was cloudy at the time of the wreck.

A 54-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash Saturday on a wet road in Faulkner County, state police said.

The wreck happened shortly before 3 p.m. as Joe Lawrence of Cabot was driving south on Arkansas 107 at Fortson Road in Vilonia, according to a preliminary report.

Lawrence's 1995 Chevrolet Silverado crossed into northbound traffic, causing it to hit the front of a northbound 2016 Jeep Wrangler, police said.

Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was reported hurt.

The road was wet and the weather was cloudy at the time, police said.


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