Driver didn’t make it…
Posted by Truck Stop WTF Moments on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Three people have died in a collision Tuesday afternoon involving two 18-wheelers on Interstate 40 near the Carlisle exit in Lonoke County, authorities said, and it’s expected to take several more hours to clear the scene. The Arkansas Department of Transportation said shortly before 4:30 p.m. that all westbound lanes were closed and likely would remain shut for several hours. The inside eastbound lane was also closed. The collision reportedly occurred before 3:40 p.m. around the 183 mile marker. Danny Straessle, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said a truck headed east crossed the median and hit a FedEx truck in the westbound lanes.
The drivers of both trucks and a passenger in the FedEx truck were killed, Straessle said. The spokesman said it was unclear how the truck initially crossed a wire safety barrier in the median and said it may have gone airborne at some point. No other vehicles were involved. Investigators with the highway department and the Arkansas State Police were on the scene as of 5:40 p.m., Straessle said. The highway agency said shortly after 6 p.m. that it was expected to take 3 to 4 more hours to clear the scene. Westbound traffic was being diverted to U.S. 70 at the 193 mile marker. Officials were working to clear traffic between the exit and the accident scene.