Traffic was backed up at the intersection of Collin Raye Drive and Highways 41 and 71 early Thursday evening.

Two people were being treated for injuries at De Queen Medical Center after a two-car accident at the intersection of Collin Raye Drive and Hwy. 71 on Thursday, Jan. 3. According to De Queen Police, the accident occurred at 4:22 p.m. with police arriving within minutes. 

Jimmy Eastman, 43, of De Queen, who was driving a 2002 Pontiac Montana mini-van, told police that he had pulled out of the Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot on Collin Raye and was headed east in the center lane to the intersection where he planned to turn left and head north on Hwy. 71. Eastman told police that there was a red Ford Focus that was in the other lane, eastbound, with its blinker on like it wanted to get into the turn lane. Eastman told police that he waited for the Ford to get over but it never did. After the light turned green though, the Ford cut in front of Eastman and turned north onto Hwy. 71. Eastman waited for the Ford to clear then turned left and struck, head-on, a 2014 GMC Yukon driven by Carla Smith, 53, of De Queen.

Smith told police that she was headed westbound on Hwy. 70 and saw a westbound car turn left in front of her and after that car turned, she got hit head-on by the van. 

Eastman’s injuries were suspected to be serious while Smith’s were suspected to be minor. Drug and/or alcohol use was not suspected in the accident.

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