Police officer killed in single-vehicle crash on wet Arkansas highway

A police officer was killed after losing control of his pickup late Saturday on a wet highway in east Arkansas, authorities said.

The crash happened around 11:45 p.m. on Arkansas 50 at Heth in St. Francis County, according to a preliminary report.

Police say Kenneth J. Culbreath, 53, of Wynne lost control of a 1999 Chevrolet pickup at a curve, causing the vehicle to travel off the highway.

The vehicle then flipped several times before coming to a rest in a field, according to authorities.

Culbreath was killed as a result of the crash, the report noted. No other injuries were reported.

In a post to social media, Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen identified Culbreath as an officer with the Earle Police Department. Allen noted that Culbreath had just finished his shift and was driving back to his home.

A call to the Earle Police Department was not immediately returned Monday morning.

Culbreath’s death was one of at least 45 recorded so far this year on an Arkansas road, according to preliminary figures.


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