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2 die in head-on crash after vehicle moves to pass another in curve of Arkansas highway, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published December 15, 2017 at 9:21 a.m.

Two people from Texarkana died Thursday in a head-on crash that occurred as the vehicle they were in moved to pass another in a curve, authorities said.

Police say it happened about 4:40 p.m. on Arkansas 355 south of Tollette.

Marcus Fortman, 25, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet north when he "attempted to pass a vehicle in a right-hand curve" and crashed head-on into a southbound 2003 Ford, according to an Arkansas State Police report.

Fortman and a passenger in his vehicle, 54-year-old Clarence Sims, suffered fatal injuries. The report also listed three other people as being hurt in the wreck, though it didn't detail the extent of their injuries.

Conditions at the time were said to be clear and dry.

At least 471 people have died in wrecks on Arkansas roads so far this year, according to preliminary figures.

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eagle22 says... December 15, 2017 at 11:01 a.m.

Two dead because some jerk thought his time was more important than life. Good grief, condolences to families of the dead and injured.

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TravisBickle says... December 15, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.

Note to self: don't try to pass in a blind curve.

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gagewatcher says... December 15, 2017 at 4:23 p.m.

note to self: remember when you were young and stupid.

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TravisBickle says... December 15, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.

Note to self: yes, I remember when I was young and stupid. And, yes, I'm lucky to be alive!

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