One Dead, One Severely Injured In Head-On Collision In Benton County

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- A Pea Ridge graduate died in a head-on collision Monday  (Nov. 6) about 9 a.m., according to Arkansas State Police.

Amber Kalberloh, 18, of Pea Ridge died after hitting a Jeep Wrangler head-on along Arkansas 72 East, according to ASP.

The driver of the Jeep, Ramona Morgan, 49, also of Pea Ridge, was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment, according to ASP.

Morgan sustained spine fractures, a ruptured spleen, hernia, trunk injuries and and possible other bone fractures, according to her daughter, Brittany Owens-Hughes. Morgan had surgery Tuesday (Nov. 7) to repair fractures in her ankle, and will have an MRI Wednesday (Nov. 8) to check for any damage done to her knee.

"Please just keep us in your prayers," Owens-Hughes said. "My mom is recovering and has a tough road ahead. We would like everyone's prayers."

Ina Easter has lived next to Morgan and her husband for more than 20 years and said you couldn't ask for better neighbors. She said they would do anything for anyone.

“They're just super nice people and it's hard to see something tragic happen to either family you know. So, it's really been devastating,” Easter said.  “When my husband had open heart surgery they came over, mowed our grass weekly for us. Made sure that we didn't have to do anything,” she said.

Easter was devastated by the news that Morgan was the one who was hit head-on.

“That's the way Ramona is, she's always smiling and happy and just. So, she loves to visit and she's just a beautiful lady inside and out,” she said.