Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

OZAN, AR – Two men lost their lives and two women were injured in a crash Friday evening on Highway 278, north of Highway 332, between Ozan and Nashville.

According to the Arkansas State Police, at approximately 7:31 p.m. on Friday, June 29, Edward Fizer, 27, of Nashville, was traveling east on Highway 278 in a white 2008 Mazda 3 when he lost control of the car, going into a skid and crossing into the westbound lane into the path of a white 2014 Nissan Altima driven by Ramona Bailey, 47, of Texarkana. The passenger side of Fizer’s Mazda struck the front of Bailey’s Nissan. The collision sent both cars into the northbound ditch where they came to a stop.

Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Deputies and an officer from the Hope Police Department responded to the scene along with first responders from Yancey Fire Department and three ambulances from Pafford EMS out of Nashville and Hope.

Traffic on Highway 278 was shut down for over an hour as emergency responders worked to save the injured who, according to sources on scene, were ejected from the vehicles and in serious condition.

Paramedics requested two helicopters to transport the most seriously injured. LifeNet EMS deployed one helicopter from Texarkana and AirEvac deployed the second out of DeQueen.

Edward Fizer was flown to St. Vincent in Hot Springs where, according to the State Police, he was pronounced dead by Dr. John Webb at 9:27 p.m. Jeff White, 73, of Hope, who was a passenger in Bailey’s Nissan, was pronounced dead on scene at 8:20 p.m. by Hempstead County Deputy Coroner David Peters. Dorothy Dixon, 76, of Hope, another passenger in Bailey’s Nissan, was flown to St. Michael in Texarkana. Ramona Bailey was transported by Pafford to Howard Memorial in Nashville.

Corporal David Hamilton investigated the crash with the assistance of several other Troopers and Hempstead County Deputies.

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