Man Dies in Independence County From Flooding

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Independence County officials have confirmed the death of an Arkansas Highway Department employee related to the flood waters.

54-year old Russell Hightower of Southside, who was an employee with the Arkansas Highway Department for more than 20-years, died after being caught between two flooded roads near oil trough.

Hightower had been directing traffic and officials say he may have had a heart attack before driving into a ditch, where authorities found his vehicle partially submerged.

Ambulances couldn't get to him due to the flood waters.

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