Two die in separate auto accidents on Highway 21

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Two people were fatally injured in separate traffic accidents that occurred on Arkansas Highway 21, south of Berryville last week.

Brianne R. Long, 16, of Huntsville was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident that occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Thursday.

According to State Police Trooper Chad Hipps, Long was travelling north on Highway 21, negotiating a right hand curve when she lost control of the 1989 Ford LTD she was driving on wet pavement near the Metalton Community.

Two passengers in the vehicle, Ismael Perlera-Gomez, 17, and Francisco Castro, 22, both of Huntsville, were transported to St. John's Hospital----Berryville, where they were treated and released.

In a state police report, Hipps stated that the passengers said Long was traveling too fast for conditions, went off the west side of the highway and hit two trees. She was wearing a seat belt at the time.

Members of the South Carroll County Fire Department responded, along with St. John's ambulance personnel.

The second fatal accident occurred at 1:28 a.m. Saturday morning on Hwy. 21, about 15 miles south of Berryville, near the U.S. Highway 412 junction.

Heath Allen Allison, 29, of County Road 987, Huntsville, was fatally injured when the 1995 Nissan pickup he was driving southbound on Highway 21 ran off the road on the right side and struck a tree.

Trooper Kevin Trevathan said Allison was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He was not wearing a seat belt and the weather was clear and the road dry at the time.

Members of the Madison County EMS team responded, along with St. John's ambulance personnel and the Marble and South Carroll County Fire Departments.

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