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Separate traffic accidents kill 2 men

Separate traffic accidents have claimed two lives in the past week.

A Leslie man was killed Tuesday morning in an accident south of Clinton.

Randy P. Freeman, 23, was driving a 1998 Jeep Wrangler south about 6:10 a.m. Tuesday when his vehicle crossed the centerline and a traffic lane and hit a 2011 Ford F250 that was traveling in the right lane, according to a report by Clinton Police Officer Eric Koonce.

The accident occurred in front of the Kingdom Hall on Highway 65, Koonce said. He said the Jeep struck the Ford head-on. There were no skid marks from the Jeep, Koonce said, perhaps indicating the driver fell asleep.

Freeman was killed instantly, the report said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner Joe Tsosie.

The driver of the Ford, David A. Winham of Searcy, was not injured.

Traffic was rerouted for a time Tuesday morning.

In an accident last week on Highway 9, Calvin Elbert Cates of Bee Branch was killed.

According to a report by the Arkansas State Police, Cates, 80, was southbound about two miles north of Center Ridge when his 1999 Lincoln Town Car veered off the road. He over-corrected and traveled into the northbound lane where a 2002 Chevrolet was traveling, the report said.

The right side of the Town Car struck the left front of the Chevrolet, according to the report by Officer Jake Bartlett. Cates was pronounced dead at the scene by Conway County Coroner Richard Neal.

Also injured in the accident were the driver of the Chevrolet, Calvin Forrester, 56, and passengers Naomi Ruth Forrester, 48, and Samuel Forrester, 13, all of Center Ridge. They were transported to St. Anthony’s in Morrilton and Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

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