Accident Near Nimrod Lake In Yell County Claims Life Of Rover Man

YELL COUNTY (KFSM) — A single-vehicle accident in Yell County has claimed the life of a Rover man near Nimrod Lake.

John E. Noakes, 61, of Rover, died when his car left the roadway and ended up partially submerged in water along the side of Highway 28.

Jeff Gilkey, director of the Yell County Office of Emergency Management, said the water is in an overflow area of Nimrod Lake west of Plainview. It is usually filled with water right up to the highway, he said.

The accident happened about 3:16 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to a report from the Arkansas State Police.

The report states that Noakes was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado west on Highway 28 when he overcorrected, rotated and overturned. The vehicle landed on the passenger side partially submerged in the water.

Noakes was ejected from the vehicle into the water, state police said.

Gilkey said divers found and recovered the body, and the Yell County Dive Team recovered the vehicle as well.

Gilkey said that initially, it was reported that two people were in the car when it left the roadway and landed in water. Later, the second person thought to be in the car was found at a residence.

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