According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department, three teenagers in a Honda Civic were traveling southbound on Arkansas 133 at about 5 p.m. when they tried to pass a car and did not see an oncoming vehicle in the northbound lane. The two cars collided, sending both into a roadside ditch along the northbound lane.
All three boys in the Civic were students at Rison High School and members of the football team. Logan Prescott died in the accident while Josh Cook, the driver of the Civic, and Justin Ross, a passenger in the front seat, were both seriously injured.
Lee Applegarth, 63, of Poyen, who was driving a 1964 Plymouth Valiant convertible, was also injured.
Ross and the driver of the convertible had to be removed with the help of a rescue crew. The Rison Fire Department used the jaws of life to help extract Ross from the Civic.
Cook and the driver of the convertible were transported by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Emergency personnel worked to stabilize Ross before a medical helicopter was called in airlift him to a Little Rock hospital.
The condition of all three people injured in the accident was not available at press time.
— Story reprinted with permission from Britt Talent, editor and publisher of the Cleveland County Herald.