Woman Dies After Being Trapped In Fiery Car Wreck

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A woman died Thursday in Fort Smith following a fiery head-on collision, authorities said.

Eyewitnesses told police a woman driving a white Nissan Altima southbound on Highway 253 drifted over the center line and hit a black Chevrolet pickup truck head-on in the northbound lane. Sandra Pulse, 64, was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

The woman was trapped in her car before it briefly caught fire. She was taken to the hospital. The man driving the truck did not suffer any injuries, said Sgt. John Classen.

The call came at 7:30 a.m. Thursday (March 6), according to dispatchers with the Fort Smith Police Department.

Pulse, of Pocola, Okla., was later identified as the woman taken to the hospital.

"It`s just something you can never imagine," said Pulse's son, David Apel.

"She was just a loving mom," said Pulse's daughter, Tracy Hogan.

Pulse’s body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine if a serious medical issue could have been a contributing factor in the collision.



  • Windy

    I was told by a police officer that was at the scene, that this was a fatality accident. Was he untruthful?

  • Kelly

    Apparently, the woman had a heart attack while driving. Not a texting while driving incident. She passed after being transported to the hospital.

  • Tammi

    Please say a prayer for her family tonight. This lady is a good Christian women who loved her family and grandchildren very much.

  • Amy

    This is a close friend of mine mother so please be respectful! She wasn’t texting and as of now they don’t know if it was a heart attack. Please keep her family in your thoughts n prayers this is a true tragedy for this family and they need a break!

  • Cyndi

    I had the honor of knowing this woman. She was a very nice and caring woman! I’m appalled that the channel 5 reporter questioned neighbors and her family. It’s extremely sad that they stalked people that knew Sandy just for a story!

    • Troy

      Appalled?? Really it gave the son and daughter a chance to say good things.. Plus the family can always decline to speak it is their choice… I think you are blowing stuff out of per portion .. And trying make something sound worse then it was .. I love how people yell the news is horrible they don’t tell enough.. Then when they do it is I can’t believe they went that far funny how everyone things they know how the media should work… Try it one day .. I dare you

  • john

    Most people in her age group don’t really text that much and sure wouldn’t text out on the highway and put other motorist in harms way.

    She was a very smart and mature lady and I am so sorry for her loss.

  • Jo

    i work here at Golden living and on my way to work this morning. i had a few tears in my eyes. i didnt know her but i just had a baby about a year ago. If i recall i do remember seeing her face at Mercy. Yes she was a sweet loving person. We are so quick to judge people and say what we think happened but we need to stop that and start praying. Pray for everyone who has lost loved ones even if we dont know them. We are ALL of Gods children. i know that the person that left the comment of her texting and driving probably didnt mean any harm but just stop and think if it was your mother, sister, brother, etc. We all have hearts and sometimes the tongue can do alot of hurt to that heart. Rest on Sister Sandra Pulse. God bless the family and friends.

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