One dead in fiery wreck on Interstate 440 | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One dead in fiery wreck on Interstate 440

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

click to enlarge I-440 WRECK: Smoke billows in photo of KARK video.
  • I-440 WRECK: Smoke billows in photo of KARK video.
At least one person was killed and two injured when two trucks wrecked on Interstate 440 near Fourche Dam Pike after one struck a car about 1:55 p.m. today. A fire broke out and caused diversion of eastbound traffic on I-440.

The State Police reported:

Arkansas State Troopers are still on the scene of a fiery collision in east Little Rock that has claimed the life of at least one person.

At approximately 1:55 PM today (Wednesday, March 19th) State Troopers were dispatched to a collision in the eastbound lanes of I-440 near Fourche Dam Pike. (This is the Little Rock Port exit east of the airport exit from I-440.)

Based on initial information gathered by State Troopers investigating the crash, the driver of a car had attempted to back the vehicle in a westerly direction along the eastbound lane of I-440 when it was struck from the rear by a commercial carrier truck that jackknifed on impact. The first large truck was then struck by a second commercial carrier truck. The wreckage was engulfed in flames as troopers arrived.

One fatality has been confirmed and two individuals have been transported from the scene. The condition of the injured is unknown.

Eastbound traffic on I-440 from I-30 and I-530 is being diverted through downtown Little Rock along I-30.

Westbound traffic along I-440 is moving slowly through the area and at one westbound lane is closed for use by emergency vehicles.

It is unknown when traffic will be allowed to re-enter the eastbound lanes of I-440 near Foutche Dam Pike.

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