A Pennsylvania woman died and the driver of the van in which she was riding was hurt about 11:46 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 30 in Hope.

According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, Kenneth Bleiler, 77, of Kutztown, PA, was driving a 2004 model Mercury van eastbound at the 35-mile marker.

The van traveled off the north side of the roadway and struck several trees.

Bleiler’s passenger, Beth Hessler, 77, of Hereford, PA, was killed. Bleiler was taken to Christus-St. Michael Medical Center in TEXarkana for treatment.

The weather was cloudy and the road was dry.

Cpl. Christina Bussey investigated the accident for the Arkansas State Police.

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