LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - New information was released Thursday afternoon about a fiery wreck, involving two 18-wheelers, that killed a person Wednesday.
The accident happened shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday at MileMarker 5 on I-440 east near Fourche Pike Dam, near the Clinton National Airport. Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police said, 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.
A fatal accident report released Thursday from from the Arkansas State Police identified Terry R. Harrell, 60, of Jacksonville as the victim; the report states that he was driving a freightliner truck. The other vehicles involved in the accident, according to the report, were a 2005 Chevy Impala and an unknown vehicle (18-wheeler). The report shows that a 24-year-old female was driving the Impala with a 20-year-old passenger in the vehicle. A 39-year-old man was driving the other truck involved in the accident.
Video and pictures of the scene show the trucks fully engulfed in flames, producing a large plume of black smoke. Traffic was blocked for hours in and around the area. While Sadler said there were no initial reports of injuries, in addition to the fatality, three other people were injured; their conditions are not known at this time. The Arkansas State Police continues to investigate the case.