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Charles J. Smelser, 27, of Waldo died about 4:33 a.m. Monday in a single-vehicle wreck on Columbia County Road 13 near McNeil.

According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, Smelser was driving a 2012 model Toyota south on CR 13. The vehicle left the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.

Coroner Randy Reed pronounced Smelser dead at the scene.

The weather was clear and the road was dry.

Trooper 1st Class Brent Walker investigated the accident. It was the first fatal vehicle accident in Columbia County in 2021. There were six fatalities in 2020. There were five deaths in 2019, including one pedestrian who was struck by a train.

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