Hundreds of motorists in Faulkner County were left stranded as snow accumulated on streets and roadways overnight Tuesday, creating a busy and eventful holiday for local first responders and law enforcement officers.
A 1- and 2-year-old were killed in an accident on Arkansas Highway 36 near Enola around 3 p.m. Christmas day when two vehicles collided head-on after one car lost control on the icy road.
Supervisors at the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office called in twice as many deputies as had been orginally scheduled, according to Capt. Matt Rice, public information officer for FCSO.
"We've been moving from one accident to another," Rice said. "We've got a lot of trees down, and there's still a lot of snow on the ground."
Deputies were gearing up for nightfall in anticipation of a re-freeze, Rice said.
"If you dont have to get out, please don't get out. Right now we're just doing our best to keep up with all the calls we've received and we don't need any more." Rice said.
In Conway, police were busy answering calls of accidents on city streets with snow drifts in excess of six inches deep.
"We have had around 30 calls about traffic problems and accidents since Christmas when it started icing and snowing," said LaTresha Woodruff, public information officer with Conway Police Department.
Most calls were by the drivers of stalled vehicles causing traffic problems, Woodruff said. Other reported "a few minor accidents."
Only one accident was reported in Conway Wednesday morning at Oakwood Village Mobile Home Park, where a man lost control of his car, striking another car before coming to a rest in a ditch. No one was injured.
Motorists in Vilonia used good, common sense and opted to stay off of the roadways overnight, said Sgt. James Bell of the Vilonia Police Department.
"We had an accident with a tractor trailer rig, but other than that, we've been fine. It's been pretty smooth," Bell said. "I would say some drivers probably went hard and heavy the first thing this morning, but they've been driving responsibly and we've had few accidents."
Road conditions in Vilonia were "fine" around noon Wednesday, Bell said.
Greenbrier Police Chief Gene Earnhart said only a handful of minor fender-benders had been reported and no additional officers have been called to work.
"We've been lucky that people have been behaving as they should," Earnhart said.