Corning Y Claims Two More Lives

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Two Craighead County women died in a two vehicle crash at the Corning Y on Wednesday, June 13, adding to the number of victims the dangerous intersection has claimed over the years. The latest crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 135, has again prompted a debate on the safety of the manner in which traffic flow is regulated at the busy location.

The fatal crash report from the Arkansas State Police indicated a 2012 Honda was being driven northbound on Highway 135 by Katlyn Herndon, 21, of Jonesboro around 10:55 a.m. when the crash occurred. Apparently, Herndon attempted to merge onto U.S. 62 westbound, and pulled into the path of an eastbound semi-truck.

The two vehicles collided, killing Herndon and a passenger in her car, Bonnie Taylor, 19, of Brookland. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi-truck was not identified in the preliminary crash report.

According to Trooper Jarod Lyerly, the roadway was dry and conditions were clear at the time of the crash.

Last October a similar crash claimed the life of a Campbell man, and over the years there have been numerous serious crashes at both the Corning Y and the nearby Knobel Y. The latest has prompted Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller to seek change, as he reports he has asked the Arkansas Department of Transportation to do an official traffic study to see what improvements, if any, can be made.

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