Fiery crash results in two deaths

A three-vehicle accident Saturday night on U.S. 63 caused one of the vehicles to catch fire and left two people dead and one injured.

Caleb M. Spaulding, 18, of Montrose, Ark., and Aaron Durham, 20, of Rison were killed in the accident. Taylor Young, 22, of Portland, Ark., was injured, according to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police.

James Simpson and Debra Simpson of Pine Bluff, no ages available, were also involved in the accident but were not injured.

The accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. at U.S. 63 and Nelson Road. A 2013 GMC pickup truck being driven by Durham crossed the center line of U.S. 63 and struck the 2013 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Spaulding head-on, according to the report.

Spaulding’s vehicle, in which Young was a passenger, caught fire. A 2003 Toyota Camry being driven by James Simpson struck Spaulding’s vehicle.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said he pronounced Spaulding dead at the scene of the accident at 11:57 p.m. Durham was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at 11:45 p.m. by a doctor in the emergency room. The causes of death for both were listed as multiple blunt-force trauma.

Young was taken to JRMC for treatment.

The weather was clear and road conditions were dry at the time of the accident, according to the state police report. The deaths were the 210th and 211th on Arkansas highways this year.

While responding to the accident, two Pine Bluff Police Department vehicles got into an accident, according to a press release from department spokesman Lt. David Price.

The two were driving on Interstate 530 at about 11:10 p.m. when they struck each other. Both officers received non-life threatening injuries.

The accident is being investigated by the Arkansas State Police, and Price did not release the names of the PBPD officers involved in the accident.

On Monday, Price said the report of that accident had not been completed.