fatal accident


A Rison woman died and a Star City woman was injured Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash on I-530 in rural Lincoln County just south of the Lincoln County and Cleveland County line.

Kelly Leann Ashcraft, 43, of Rison was traveling north on I-530 around 7:10 p.m. when the 2019 Honda Accord she was driving crossed the center line of the highway into the southbound lane and collided with an oncoming 2020 KIA Sorento driven by Monica Renae Fresen, 31, of Star City, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary report.

Ashcraft and Fresen were transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where Ashcraft was pronounced deceased at 8:05 p.m. by Dr. Tim McClure, according to the report.

The weather was clear and the roadway was dry at the time of the crash.

At least 56 people have died as a result of crashes on Arkansas roads so far this year, according to preliminary figures.