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— The curve on Arkansas Highway 12 at East Dawn Hill Road, just east of Gentry, was the scene of two accidents in less than a week involving tractor-trailer rigs.

On Wednesday morning, just after 9 a.m., an eastbound Walmart truck driven by Kim Roberts, of Texas, rolled on the curve and struck a pickup truck stopped on east Dawn Hill Road as the Walmart truck slid toward the south ditch.

Ronnie Gardisser was waiting at the intersection in his Dodge pickup truck, intending to turn eastonto Highway 12 when the Walmart truck failed to negotiate the curve, dropped his tires off the pavement, rolled and slid through the intersection, according to Arkansas State Police. Gardisser tried to get out of the way, but his pickup was struck by the Walmart truck.

Gardisser escaped the accident without injury, but Roberts had to be extricated from his truck by the Gentry Fire Department. He was transported by ambulance to the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

A second roll-over accident occurred in the same location in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to a release from the Arkansas State Police, Tony Rios, Jr., of Hereford, Texas, was driving a 2000 Freightliner and pulling a tank trailer full ofmilk to Bentonville at 1:50 a.m. when he failed to negotiate the curve and rolled his truck into the south ditch, spilling the load of milk.

With Rios in the truck were his wife, Cynthia Rios, and three children, ages 3-12. Cynthia was injured in the accident and transported by helicopter to Washington Regional Medical Center. The driver and his children were not injured, according to the release.

The curve is the frequent site of accidents and truck roll-overs, in part because eastbound traffic is coming down a grade when it enters the sharp curve in the road.

News, Pages 1 on 11/04/2009

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