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Two locals dead in Arkansas crashes



Two Arkansas locals lost their lives in recent crashes reported by the Arkansas State Police.

Barry W. Bowman, 72, of Horseshoe Bend, which straddles Fulton, Izard and Sharp county lines, perished in a crash at 9 a.m. July 28 at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 367 in Newport, Jackson County, reported Cpl. Jeremy C. Hughes with Troop B of the state police, Newport.

According to the report, Bowman was the driver of a 2019 Nissan Rogue headed east on Highway 14. The Nissan reportedly failed to yield and pulled into the path of a 2022 Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling south on Highway 367, driven by Luis F. Altimirano Lucas, 23, Frankston, Texas. The truck was unable to stop in time and struck the Nissan on the driver’s side, Hughes reported.

Injuries were reported for Barry Bowman’s passenger, John O. Bowman, 72, of Jonesboro, as well as for Lucas and his passenger, Mark Davis, 45, of Mammoth Spring in Fulton County. The severity of their injuries is not indicated in the report, but all three were taken to Unity Health in Newport for treatment.

At 11:30 p.m. the night prior, 34-year-old Joey Gaskins, of Cherokee Village in Fulton and Sharp counties, died of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 289 south of U.S. 62 in rural Fulton County, the state police reported.

According to Tpr. Jason W. Long with Troop I of the state police, Harrison, Gaskins was the driver of a southbound 2011 Chevrolet that ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and returned to the road, crossing the center line before running off the left side of the road and into a rock embankment. 

The weather at the time of the crash was rainy and the road was wet, Long added.

No passengers were listed as being in the vehicle.

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