A car accident in Alma Thursday took the life of a West Fork man and injured his wife.
Alma Chief of Police Russell White said the Alma Police Department received a call at 9:56 a.m. Thursday about a vehicle accident at the three-way intersection of U.S. 64 East, Cherry Street and Belle Avenue. A dump truck was traveling east on U.S. 64 while a pickup, was traveling east on Cherry Street.
"As it came to the Y where you would merge onto Highway 64, it appears that (the pickup driver) attempted to turn left and go across Highway 64 onto Belle Avenue, and was struck in the driver's-side door by the dump truck," White said.
The driver of the pickup was Delmar Ferrell, 78, of West Fork, White said. Ferrell's wife, Sherry Ferrell, 76, was a passenger in the truck. Both were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, where Delmar Ferrell died later on Thursday. Sherry Ferrell was life-flighted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
White said the investigation into the accident has not been completed.
"We believe, at this point, that the cause of the accident was failure to yield by the pickup truck, but we have not completed the accident," White said. "There's some things that we still need to look at. ..."
The driver of the dump truck, according to White, was Charles Campbell, 75, of Spiro. He was not injured.