Wreck Claims Two Lives This Morning in Weiner

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - Two Region 8 residents are dead today as the result of an accident that occured this morning on U.S. 49 at Weiner.

An Arkansas State Police spokesman says the accident occured at 9:05 a.m., when a northbound Chevrolet Suburban pulling an Airstream camper trailer collided with a southbound van.  The driver of the Suburban, identified as 84-year-old Herman Maddox of Heber Springs, was attempting to pass another vehicle.  When he quickly re-entered his own lane of traffic, the trailer began to sway, causing it to jacknife, thus catapulting the Suburban into the other lane of traffic, where it then collided head-on with the van, driven by 49-year-old Michael Misak of Jonesboro.

The accident killed Misak, as well as Maddox's wife and passenger, identified as 83-year-old Bethel Maddox, also of Heber Springs.

The accident caused traffic to back up along Hwy. 49 for several miles following the accident.