BY LEANN DILBECK –
A 26-year old Cove man was killed in a fatal two-car accident this morning on Hwy 71 South near the 23-mile marker.
According to the Fatal Crash Summary filed this afternoon by Arkansas State Police Cpl. Mike Thomas, Billy Hanley was driving a 2010 Kia northbound on Hwy 71 when he crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 1993 Dodge driven by 41-year old Scott Beidleman of Conroe, Tex.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. as the area was experiencing heavy rain. Hanley was transported to Mena Regional Health System where he was later pronounced dead. According to witnesses, air-evac was requested but unable to land due to weather. Traffic was blocked for close to 45-minutes as officials worked the accident. Polk County Sheriff’s Department assisted ASP with the scene.
The condition of Beidleman is unknown at this time but he was transported to Mena Regional Health System for treatment of injuries sustained.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Bowser Funeral Home.