MANILA, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 woman is dead after a two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon. 33-year-old Melissa Payne of Dell was traveling east on Highway 18 when her Jeep Laredo hit the rear tire of an 18-wheeler traveling the opposite direction.
The 18-wheeler was traveling west bound when the driver slammed on his brakes because of a line of vehicles stopped along the Big Lake Bridge in front of him. When he slammed on the brakes the back end of the single axle truck slid into the east bound lane partly blocking the road.
State Trooper Moye Hawkins told Region 8 News that Payne's vehicle caught the back right side tire of the truck. Payne was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Mark Wheeler. Two passengers, 13-year-old Rachel Payne and 5-year-old Alyson Payne, were injured and transported to The Med and Lebonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.
Payne nor her two daughters were wearing their seatbelts. The accident is still under investigation.