A devastating accident occurred last week in Clark County, Arkansas, involving a pastor and his family. The incident, which took place on Thursday, resulted in the loss of two daughters and injuries to the pastor and his son. According to reports from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and ABC affiliate KATV, the collision transpired when a Union Pacific train collided with a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado crossing the tracks on Richwoods Road near Arkadelphia, shortly before 2 p.m. local time.
The pastor, identified as Chad Fryar, was accompanied by his three children, two daughters, and one son, inside the vehicle during the unfortunate incident. Regrettably, Chad’s daughters, Marlee Jo, and Dana Kate, lost their lives in the accident, as confirmed by a Facebook post from CrossRoads Cowboy Church, where the family was actively involved.
Pastor Chad Fryar and his son, Bo Henry, were hospitalized following the collision but have since stabilized, as reported by the church. Pastor Ron Riddle of Crossroads Cowboy Church expressed deep sorrow over the tragic events, urging prayers for the healing of the grieving family.
At present, there has been no immediate response from the Arkansas State Police and Union Pacific Railroad regarding the incident. Chad Fryar and his wife Rachel played instrumental roles in establishing the Bismark branch of CrossRoads Cowboy Church, and their close ties to the congregation have garnered immense support during this difficult time.
The church community has rallied around the Fryar family, emphasizing their strong faith and belief in God as a source of strength to navigate the trying days ahead.
Since the accident, Chad has been discharged from the hospital, while his son underwent successful surgery on Thursday night, surpassing initial expectations. The church provided an update, stating that both Chad and his son are steadily recovering and showing signs of improvement with each passing day.
As the Fryar family and their community face the challenges ahead, they draw solace from their unwavering faith, trusting that there are greater plans at work beyond their comprehension. Pastor Ron Riddle encouraged everyone to maintain faith, believing that God is in control during this challenging period.