Funeral Services Set for Accident Victims

Monday, August 20, 2018

Funeral arrangements have been completed for the two Corning High School students killed Friday afternoon north of the city. The two CHS seniors died when the pickup in which they were traveling was struck by a train.

The crash in the Moark, Ark., community claimed the lives of Rachel Ballard, 17, of Corning, Ark., and Bethany Renee Stormes, 17, of Knobel, Ark.

According to the report from the Arkansas State Police, the crash occurred just after 4 p.m. at the rail crossing adjacent to the intersection of county roads 154 and 157. The narrative indicated the 2001 Chevrolet they were traveling in was eastbound and failed to yield to the northbound freight train. The pickup was struck on the passenger side, and came to rest north of the crossing on the east side of the tracks.

The report indicated conditions were clear at the time of the crash, although the gravel road was wet. The fatality was investigated by Trooper Jarrod Lyerly of the Arkansas State Police with assistance from the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

Visitation for both young ladies will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Corning High School gymnasium.

Graveside funeral services for Rachel Ballard will be conducted at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Moark Cemetery, in Moark, with Brother Cam Stevens officiating.

Graveside funeral services for Bethany Stormes will be conducted at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Hosea Cemetery in Knobel, Ark., with Brothers David Stalling and Terry Phipps officiating.

Both funerals are under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home, of Corning, and online condolences may be shared at

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