Two killed in weekend traffic accidents

Two Southeast Arkansas residents were killed in separate traffic accidents over the weekend.

Cedric L. Gold, 31, of Wilmar died Friday when the truck he was driving struck two cars of a train north of McGehee. Terry L. Barley, 53, of Dermott was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding, ran off the roadway and hit a ditch west of Fordyce on Saturday.

According to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police, Gold was northbound on Highway 1 and tried to stop for a train that was westbound on the tracks. The Mack truck he was driving struck the 17th and 18th cars of the train.

Trooper Chris Crim reported that the train’s engineer, Carolyn Young of McGehee, and a passenger, Nick Raino of Hamburg, were not injured.

The accident was reported at 8:20 a.m.

In the other accident, Cpl. R. A. Whitley reported that Barley was traveling west on Arkansas Highway 8 with a group of other riders when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway to the right, went into a ditch and collided with a culvert. He was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital where he later died.

The accident was reported at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

The two deaths bring to 93 the number of people who have been killed on Arkansas highways so far this year.