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.

A 76-year-old Danville resident succumbed to the injuries he sustained in an entrapment collision that occurred on Friday afternoon, November 19, on State Highway 154 in Centerville.

At approximately 2:10 p.m., the Arkansas State Police, Yell County Sheriff’s Office, Pinnacle EMS, Galla Rock Fire Department and the Yell County Mounted Patrol were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision with entrapment that occurred near Cobalt Lane.

Upon the arrival responders, they made contact with the occupants of the vehicles and confirmed the entrapment.

At that time, it was determined that one of the driver’s was deceased and the other driver had sustained critical injuries in the crash.

At that time, responders requested dispatch to check on the availability of an air ambulance and for the response of the Yell County Coroner’s Office.

Once contact was made with an air ambulance service, Yell County dispatchers advised responders that Survival Flight out of National Park would be responding to the scene. At that time, additional Galla Rock firefighters set up a landing zone for the helicopter.

According to a fatal crash summary completed by the Arkansas State Police, the collision occurred as a 1999 Dodge Caravan was traveling eastbound on State Highway 154 near Cobalt Lane and a 2001 Chevy Silverado was traveling westbound on State Highway 154 when the truck crossed the centerline and entered the eastbound lane, striking the van head on.

The driver of the Chevy, identified as David Aackeret, 76 of Danville was pronounced on scene and transported by the Yell County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan identified as Ruby Cross, 83 of Dardanelle was airlifted from the scene of the crash by Survival Flight (National Park) and transported to UAMS in Little Rock to receive treatment for the injuries she sustained. The injuries she sustained in the crash and her current condition are unknown.

At the time the collision occurred the weather conditions were clear and the roadway was dry.

At the time of this story, Aackeret’s next-of-kin had been notified.

Aackeret’s body was transported to Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. At this time, his funeral arrangements are pending.