Ark. Troopers: 3 Elderly Women Die in Crash

NEWARK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say three elderly women died Saturday when the car they were in ignored a stop sign and was struck by a semi-truck on a rural highway in Independence County.

Troopers say Effie J. Adair, 72, of Marion, Ind., Evelyn D. Lindsey, 77, of Shreveport, La., and Helen O. Wade, 73, of Bradford all died at the scene of the crash. Investigators say Wade drove a 1995 Ford Escort through a stop sign at the intersection of Arkansas 69 and 122 and into the path of a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck.

Troopers say the driver of the semi-truck, Mark A. Whitaker, 35, of Horseshoe Bend, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

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