Man killed in Wednesday storms identified

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Cleburne County sheriff has identified a man killed by a tornado in the community of Pearson as Ward Baldridge, age 79.

Sheriff Marty Moss said Thursday that Baldridge was injured when the twister hit the family's home about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Moss says Baldridge died later at Baptist Medical Center at Heber Springs.

The sheriff says Baldridge's 75-year-old wife, Ivajean Baldridge, and his 23-year-old grandson, Blake Baldridge, suffered serious injuries. Both were taken to the Heber Springs hospital then transferred to a Little Rock hospital.

The sheriff said a fourth person was also injured when the pickup truck he was driving was blown off Arkansas 107 by the winds. Moss said the man has a shoulder injury and is hospitalized at Heber Springs.

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