2 Die When Truck Carrying Ammo Crashes, Burns in Franklin County

NEAR MULBERRY, Ark. - A man and woman are reported dead after a crash on Interstate 40 in Franklin County involving a truck loaded with ammunition.

It happened Wednesday afternoon in the westbound lanes and shutdown traffic in both directions from mile markers 24 to 35 as the ammo the truck was carrying burned and exploded. Traffic was diverted onto Hwy. 64.

The Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report states that the front tire of a vehicle blew out and the driver lost control. The Mulberry Fire Department says the vehicle crashed onto Lone Elm Road.

Officials say the victims, whose names have not yet been released, were the driver and his wife.

The westbound lanes from Exit 35 to the Mulberry exit remained closed Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

KDYN Radio in Ozark reported shortly before 7 a.m. that all lanes had reopened but that Lone Elm Rd. was still closed.

Photo and video courtesy Kevin Carty via Franklin County Sheriff's Office Facebook.

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