ASP identifies victims in fatal fiery crash

Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 12:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 2:40 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas State Police said one person died last Wednesday in a fiery three-vehicle crash on Highway 49.

According to the fatal crash report released on July 12, the crash happened at 11:53 a.m. July 6 at the intersection of East Johnson Avenue (Hwy. 49) and Old Bridger Road.

The driver of a 2018 Nissan Armada pulled off of Old Bridger Road in front of an eastbound 2001 Chevy Silverado driven by 53-year-old John Sims of Paragould.

After colliding with the Nissan, ASP Sims lost control of his pickup truck and collided head-on with a westbound 2007 Kia Rio driven by 47-year-old Leigh Anne Steele of Paragould.

Sims’ truck then burst into flames. A witness pulled him out of the burning truck.

An ambulance took Sims to NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital while Survival Flight flew Steele to Regional One Health Trauma Center in Memphis.

Steele later died of her injuries.

ASP did not identify the driver of the Nissan Armada who was not apparently hurt.

clarification: An earlier report from Arkansas State Police stated both Sims and Steele died.

A fiery three-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon shut down Highway 49.
A fiery three-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon shut down Highway 49.(Jonesboro Police Dept.)

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