Several Hospitalized After Head-On Collision In Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)- The sheriff’s office and Ozark Police Department assisted Arkansas State Police in working a head-on-collision on Highway 64 near the intersection of Lock and Dam Rd. Friday night (Apr. 10), according to Sheriff Anthony Boen.

Around 8:30 p.m. a man driving a green Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 64, when he fell asleep and crossed the centerline, hitting a black Dodge pickup head-on, according to the sheriff.

Frankie Lemance, the driver of the Ford had three children in the vehicle, Sheriff Boen said. The driver’s 8-year-old son is in critical condition, his 9-year-old daughter is responsive and breathing, but will need surgery due to a laceration to her stomach area. The driver’s 11-year-old was not injured. Sheriff Boen said both drivers will be OK. John Gwatney, driver of the Dodge pick-up is in stable condition at St. Edwards. Lemance was taken to St. Edwards in Fort Smith as well. The two children injured were taken to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

The sheriff said citations for the driver of the Ford pickup are pending at this time.

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