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A Wet U.S. 71 in Polk County Results in Fatal Wreck

69-year-old Maria Guadalupe Zarate (Grannis, AR) was fatally injured in an accident that took place on Tuesday, October 9.

Maria Guadalupe Zarate was 1 of 4 passengers in a 2005 Chevrolet headed south on U.S. 71 in Polk County near Potter Junction, Arkansas. Among the 4 passengers were 29-year-old Victor Zarate (Grannis, AR), 37-year-old Jhanell Marlette Wilson (Grannis, AR), and an unidentified minor. The driver, 31-year-old Jesus Meza (Grannis, AR), lost control while negotiating a curve and left the roadway. Their vehicle struck a fence and then a tree.

Conditions at the time were reportedly rainy and wet.

Those injured were transported to Mena Regional Health. The full Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash summary is available HERE.

Accident Location: U.S. Highway 71, Potter, Arkansas, Polk County: