Four-Vehicle Accident Near Otwell Claims Life of Corning Man

NOVEMBER 7, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CST, updated at 7:36 a.m. CST on 11/8, updated at 7:47 a.m. CST

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- A bad wreck on Highway 49 near Otwell last night leaves one dead and several others in the hospital.

It's an accident that had traffic backed up for miles on U.S. 49-South. Around 6:30 Tuesday night, a car was heading south towards Otwell when it crossed the center line and hit 3 other northbound cars. After sideswiping 2 vehicles, the crashed head on into another car, landing all 4 vehicles in the ditch hundreds of yards apart.

The Arkansas State Police was on the scene, along with several local police, fire and ambulance units.

"We do have one person that is deceased in the accident and we do have several that have been transported to the hospital that I haven't got a chance to talk to yet," says Corp. Tony Austin of the Arkansas State Police.  A State Police spokesman this morning identified the deceased victim as 36-year-old Scott Taylor of Corning.

Four people involved in the accident were admitted into St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. Rose Foreman was driving the first car that was sideswiped, but made it out without major injuries.

"It all happened so quick I thought it was the end of the line. We didn't know what hit us or anything. I thought it was the end of the line, I thought we were both dead," says Foreman.

As to what caused the vehicle to cross the center line, police says it's still too early to tell. The Arkansas State Police will be investigating the cause of this fatal accident.