Arkansas trooper dies of injuries after West Memphis chase

An Arkansas State Police trooper is dead after being struck by a patrol car driven by another state trooper.

Trooper Mark W. Carthron of West Memphis was picking up a spike strip he had thrown down on Interstate 40 to stop two robbery suspects when the trooper's car hit him.

The 31-year-old Carthron was injured around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The cruiser that struck Carthron was driven by state police Corporal Lowry Astin of Forrest City. State police spokesman Bill Sadler says an internal investigation into the accident is taking place.

Authorities arrested 27-year-old Reginald Dixon and 26-year-old Wesley Jefferson, both of West Memphis. Police say the spike strips disabled their vehicle just past the accident scene and the two were taken to the St. Francis County Jail.

The two men allegedly stole a car in West Memphis and were fleeing the scene of an armed robbery at a gas station in Forrest City when the chase began.

Carthron, an eight-year state police veteran, is survived by his wife Angela, a brother, Thomas Carthron Junior of Atlanta, and his parents, Thomas and Doris Carthron of Texarkana.