Rainy Conditions Lead to Fatal Accident Near Newport

Rainy Conditions Lead to Fatal Accident Near Newport

23-year-old Chase L. Scudder (Tuckerman, AR) was fatally injured in an accident that took place on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

At approximately 9:19 p.m. Mr. Scudder was the passenger in a vehicle traveling south on State Highway 17 South near Newport. A northbound vehicle (2012 Toyota) approaching Mr. Scudder’s vehicle swerved across the centerline to avoid “an unknown object” before correcting back into the northbound lane of traffic. Mr. Scudder’s vehicle (2008 Pontiac) swerved left across the centerline to avoid the northbound vehicle and the two vehicles collided.

23-year-old William D. Golden (Newport, AR) was the driver of the northbound vehicle. 21-year-old Jadan Williamson (McCroy, AR) was driving the southbound vehicle. Both drivers sustained injuries in the collision. Those injured were transported to Unity Health Medical Center in Searcy.

Weather conditions were rainy and road conditions wet at the time of the accident.

Additional Details: Arkansas State Police Preliminary Fatal Accident Report

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Accident Location: State Highway 17 South, Newport, Arkansas, Jackson County:

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