Teenager Killed After Wrong-Way Wreck On I-49 In Springdale

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- A teenager was killed Wednesday morning (Dec. 13) in a semi versus vehicle accident on I-49 in Springdale.

Anna Gadison, 19, was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when she crashed into a semi, according to Arkansas State Police.

Melvin Garner, 58, was taken to Northwest Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Gadison was a 2016 graduate of Springdale High School where she played basketball for the Lady Bulldogs. She also played basketball for one year at North Arkansas College in Harrison.

Tyson Foods confirmed to 5NEWS that the semi was a company truck. They released the following statement:

“We can confirm a Tyson Foods truck was involved in an accident on I-49 this morning and the driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. We’re investigating and will work with authorities to determine the cause of the accident.”

According to dispatchers, the accident happened near the northbound weigh station.

Northbound lanes in the area were originally diverted through the weigh station between the Sunset exit and the Elm Springs exit as crews worked to clear the scene.