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Dodge Chargers Could Have Been Racing in Deadly I-630 Wreck, State Police Say

Little Rock man killed in accident early Thursday morning near State Street.
Update (10:25 a.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A local man has been killed and two others in the same car injured in an accident on Interstate 630 in downtown.

It happened shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes near State Street. 

According to the Arkansas State Police (ASP) accident report, a 2011 Dodge Charger and a 2013 Dodge Charger were both being driven at a high rate of speed when they made contact with each other and the drivers lost control, went off the interstate to the right and overturned.

The man who was killed is identified as Jaalen Watkins, 21, who was a back seat passenger in the 2011 Dodge Charger driven by Natalia Matthews, 20, of Little Rock, who was injured, along with her front seat passenger, David Simmons, 21, also of Little Rock. Both were thrown from the car, the accident report noted. There's no further word on their conditions.

Troopers are investigating the possibility that the cars were racing, as was reported by witnesses. The ASP says investigators don't have conclusive proof that they were and that the criminal investigation division has joined the patrol division in the investigation of the accident.

Original story (3:50 a.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR  --  A serious accident causes part of Interstate 630 eastbound to shut down early this morning.

It happened around 2:30 this morning near the Chester Street exit in Little Rock.

We're told at least two cars were involved in the accident.

No word yet on what caused the accident and the extent of the injuries.
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