Disclaimer: Information obtained from an Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary represents only the initial findings by an investigating law enforcement officer. The summaries are not considered official reports of a highway crash investigation, but merely a summary of preliminary information presented to an investigating officer. The information contained in a summary may not represent the facts eventually placed on file in the official final report.
The Arkansas State Police have identified a 52-year-old Russellville man who was killed in a single vehicle crash on State Route 326 on Friday night.
At approximately 9:42 p.m. Friday night, November 29, the Arkansas State Police, Pope County EMS and the Moreland Fire Department, were dispatched to 459 State Route 326 on report of a motor vehicle accident involving a fire.
Pope County dispatchers received 911 calls in which the callers reported the crash involved one vehicle and it was on fire. Callers also reported that the burning vehicle was located next to a home located at the address.
As the Moreland Fire Department checked en route to the address, the call was upgraded to a structure fire and at that time, Crow Mountain, Pea Ridge and Appleton Fire Departments were dispatched to provide mutual aid assistance.
Upon the arrival of the Moreland Fire Department, Chief Keith Sinyard advised dispatch they were on scene and one vehicle was fully involved. After learning there was no structure fire the chief canceled the response of the Crow Mountain and Appleton Fire Departments and took command of the call.
Once on scene, firefighters located a male outside of the vehicle who had sustained critical injuries in the crash.
While firefighters checked on the male involved, Moreland and Pea Ridge firefighters checked the burning car for any other occupants. Firefighters discovered that no one else was inside the car as they made a fast attack on the flames.
Pope County EMS arrived on scene a short time later and upon making contact with the injured male, EMS personnel advised dispatch that the man was deceased. At that time, the Pope County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to respond to the location.
According to a preliminary report completed by the Arkansas State Police, the crash occurred as a 2016 BMW was traveling east on State Route 326 when the driver lost control of the vehicle in a curve. The vehicle left the roadway, traveled a short distance and struck a tree.
Upon impact, the driver, identified as John B. Taylor, 52 of Russellville was killed after he was ejected from the vehicle. After striking the tree, the vehicle traveled a short distance and then caught on fire.
When the crash occurred the driver was the only occupant of the car, it was raining and the roadway was wet.
Taylor’s body was taken to the Pope County Coroner’s Office and his next-of-kin was notified.