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Two Batesville residents are dead and three are injured after a one-vehicle accident in rural Independence County Saturday night.

According to the fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police, Samantha Townsend, 30, and Misty Vazquez, 43, both of Batesville, were killed in the accident. Batesville residents Harli Slater, 23, Morgan Stephens, 25, and Phillip Terry were also injured in the crash.

Townsend was traveling southbound on Kelley Road at approximately 9:59 p.m. at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the 2018 Polaris RZR while traversing a right curve. The vehicle then traveled southeast off the roadway until it hit a tree before coming to rest facing eastbound against the tree.

The injured were taken to the White River Medical Center and UAMS.

According to the ASP crash summary, conditions were cloudy and dry at the time of the accident.

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