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1 dead, 3 hurt in Hot Springs crash

A Leola woman died and three others were injured Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision in Garland County.

According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary crash summary, a vehicle pulled out of a private driveway into oncoming traffic on US Highway 270 East near Hot Springs.

Joyce M. Newton, 75, of Leola, was taken to a nearby hospital where she later succumbed to injuries. She was a backseat passenger of a 2017 Ford Edge driven by Kenneth W. Newton, 73, also of Leola.

Kenneth Newton and a front-seat passenger, 76-year-old Robert G. Newton, also of Leola, were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment to unknown injuries.

The accident that claimed the life of Leola resident Joyce Newton happened on US Highway 270 just east of Hot Springs. | Google Maps

Also hurt in the crash was Malvern resident Christopher B. Rogers, 40, the driver of a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 that was headed eastbound on the highway.

According to the report, Kenneth Newton was attempting a left turn from a private drive, traveling north across the eastbound traffic lanes into Rogers’ path. Rogers’ S-10 struck the left side of Newton’s vehicle in the inside eastbound traffic lane.

The accident happened Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at 1:19 p.m. at 3940 US Highway 270, in clear and dry conditions.

The injured were taken to CHI St. Vincent hospital or National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. Joyce Newton’s body was transported to Memorial Gardens in Sheridan.

ASP Cpl. Michael A. Reed investigated the crash.

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