Update (Nov. 6, 9:45 a.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas State Police (ASP) has released the accident report in Wednesday’s fiery 7 vehicle I-40 crash that killed two.
The victims are identified as:
- Robert H. Billings, 68, of Nesbit, MS (passenger in a 2003 Ford van)
- Iketha D. Winchester, 45, of Houston, TX (driver of a 2010 International semi)
The drivers of four other vehicles were also injured. They ranged in age from 64 to 39. A 13-year old Mississippi girl in the same car as Billings was also listed as injured.
The vehicles involved in the accident included: 2014 Dodge Ram (pickup truck), 2011 Chevy Tahoe (SUV), 2010 International (semi), 2003 Ford (van), 2006 Volvo (semi), and 2011 Peterbilt (semi). A description was not available of a seventh vehicle.
The ASP says all the vehicles were headed east. The report states that the 2010 International was in the right lane at the 276 mile marker when it rear-ended the 2014 Dodge Ram, pushing it to the right off the roadway and into the rear of the 2011 Chevy Tahoe. The 2010 International remained on the road but ran into the back of the 2006 Volvo, pushing it into the 2003 Ford. The Ford was then pushed in between the 2011 Peterbilt and a seventh vehicle. The Peterbilt was then stopped in the right lane beside the seventh vehicle, which was stopped in the left lane.
The drivers of the Ford van and the seventh vehicle were not injured.
Update (Nov. 5, 7:20 p.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – According to the Arkansas State Police, as of 7:20 tonight traffic lanes along I-40 (eastbound) at the 275 mile marker have been re-opened.
The crash investigation is still on-going.
Original story (Nov. 5, 2 p.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) – At approximately 11:53 a.m. Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division Troop D responded to a motor vehicle crash located in a construction zone at the 275 mile marker eastbound along Interstate 40.
At this hour (Wednesday, November 5, 2014) State troopers have confirmed two fatalities and seven vehicles involved in the crash. Four of the vehicles were commercial carrier trucks. The vehicles were engulfed in a fire.
State troopers are still at the scene investigating the crash.
Traffic is being diverted along U.S. Highway 70.
At this hour (2:15 p.m.), State troopers expect traffic lanes affected by the crash to be blocked at least another two hours or longer.