A heart-wrenching and tragic incident occurred last week in Arkansas, forever altering the lives of Pastor Chad Fryar and his family. Their serene journey was abruptly shattered when a Union Pacific train collided with their 2017 Chevrolet Silverado as they attempted to cross the tracks. The devastating crash claimed the lives of two beloved daughters, Marlee Jo and Dana Kate, and left Pastor Fryar and his son injured.
This heart-wrenching train collision took place in Clark County, specifically on Richwoods Road near Arkadelphia. The incident unfolded just before 2 p.m., casting a shadow of sorrow over the entire community. News of the accident spread like wildfire, prompting an outpouring of support and prayers from near and far.
Pastor Fryar, a pillar of strength in the community, had been instrumental in establishing the Bismark location of the CrossRoads Cowboy Church, alongside his wife Rachel. Their unwavering dedication to their faith and the church has touched countless lives. Their invaluable contributions have been recognized and cherished by Pastor Ron Riddle, who commended their unyielding belief in God, affirming that it would guide them through this unimaginably challenging period.
In the wake of the tragedy, Pastor Fryar and his son were swiftly rushed to the hospital, where they received immediate medical attention. Fortunately, both have since stabilized, offering a glimmer of hope in the midst of darkness. The CrossRoads Cowboy Church community has stood as a beacon of support, expressing their profound sorrow and offering prayers for healing.
Updates from the church have brought some solace, indicating that Pastor Fryar has been discharged from the hospital, while his son underwent a successful surgery. They are on the road to recovery, slowly but surely regaining their strength day by day. However, the road ahead remains arduous, and the family will continue to require the unwavering support and prayers from their community.
During this harrowing ordeal, the community has remained resolute in their faith, holding on to the belief that God has a greater plan, even in the face of unfathomable grief. As Pastor Riddle eloquently expressed to local news outlet KARK, “Just trust that God has bigger plans, things that we cannot see yet. I am going to trust that he’s got this.”
In times of tragedy, it is often the unity and compassion of a community that provide solace and strength. The CrossRoads Cowboy Church and its congregation have exemplified the power of standing together, offering unwavering support to Pastor Fryar and his family. They continue to rally behind them, their collective prayers intertwining with the hope of brighter days ahead.
Beyond the boundaries of their immediate community, this heartbreaking incident serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing our loved ones every moment we can. It is a call for all of us to embrace compassion, empathy, and unity, knowing that in the face of adversity, we are stronger together.
As we extend our thoughts and prayers to Pastor Chad Fryar, his son, and the entire CrossRoads Cowboy Church community, may they find solace and healing in the embrace of their faith, the support of their loved ones, and the enduring strength of their community. May the memories of Marlee Jo and Dana Kate forever be cherished, their lives serving as a testament to the profound impact they had on those around them.