A New Year’s Day crash in Craighead County claimed the life of a Manila man and injured a Paragould woman and Brookland man.

Bobby Benson Towery, 53, died as a result of the crash that happened at 6:52 p.m. on State Highway 18 west of State Highway 135 in rural Craighead County.

According to Arkansas State Police, Christopher Allen Ellis, 36, of Brookland, was driving a 2019 Dodge Ram westbound, when the vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane, and impacted with the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Towery.

Ellis was injured in the crash, as was Jennifer McDorman, 40, of Paragould, who was a passenger in the Silverado.

Weather conditions were cloudy and road conditions were wet at the time of the crash.

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