- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

HASTY, Ark. (AP) - Buffalo National River officials say they likely won’t remove a cluster of roots that may have contributed to the drowning death of an Arkansas woman who became trapped underneath her canoe.

Park spokesman Caven Clark tells the Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/1V9Bd5M ) that it might be physically impossible to remove the roots without heavy equipment, which can’t be used in the area without major road building and tree clearing.

Clark says many people have paddled through this section of the river without experiencing difficulties.

Twenty-five-year-old Kristen Johnson of Conway drowned June 12 when her canoe overturned near the Hasty access point in the Upper District of the river.

A Newton County sheriff’s investigator says Johnson’s canoe capsized either after floating up against the roots or just ahead of it.



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