By TONI WALTHALL News-Times Staff "It happens real frequently around there," said Chief Deputy Jerry Thomas of the Union County Sheriff ’s Office.
Thomas was responding to questions about accidents at the junction of Arkansas 15 South (Haynesville Highway) and Arkansas 335 (Del-Tin Highway), where two accidents occurred within a few hours of each other Wednesday.
Arkansas State Police worked the accident, but according to Lt. Jimmy Smith, reports were not yet available Thursday.
According to information from UCSO Deputy David Crowder, who assisted the ASP at the scene, the first 18-wheeler truck was traveling South on Del-Tin Highway late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.
The driver, for unknown reasons, failed to make a stop. The vehicle crossed Arkansas 15, crashing into the wood line on the south side of the road. The vehicle remained there until morn- ing when arrangements could be made for a tow truck, according to Thomas.
Around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, a second 18-wheeler failed to make the same stop, crossing Arkansas 15 until it too crashed into the wood line not far from where the first truck sat.
The second driver told Trooper Brian Albritton that his brakes failed.
According to Thomas, there were no injuries reported from either of the two accidents, but parts of wrecked vehicles remain at the site, as if to serve as reminders for travelers along Haynesville Highway and Del-Tin Highway to be wary when approaching that intersection.
"A c cidents happen there all of the time," said Union County Judge Bobby Edmonds. "I warn (people) that they need to be careful coming through there. I don’t know if there is a sign down or what, but people need to slow down when they go through there, whether they have to stop or not."
A visit to the intersection confirmed Thomas’ assertion that the stop signs and visual indicators warning drivers of the upcoming stop are indeed in tact and clearly visible. Sheriff’s deputies and troopers respond to accidents in the area quite frequently, though neither agency had immediate access to statistics on the site Thursday.
Smith urged drivers to use caution at that and other intersections.