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3 Dead, Several Injured in Tragic I-49 Pile-up

by Jana Ritter - Published: 12/22/2015

Tragedy struck twice in Arkansas late Monday evening when two chain reaction collisions killed a total of three people, including a truck driver and seriously injured at least seven.

                                                   I-49 crash

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According to the Arkansas State Police, the two chain-reaction collisions occurred along Interstate 49 near the town of Fouke, in southwest Arkansas. The first crash occurred at about 11:45 pm Monday when a tractor-trailer heading south had slowed down and was rear-ended, which caused a chain-reaction crash involving ten vehicles. Although the north and south lanes are separated by a median, at about the same time the accident occurred in the south lanes, three tractor-trailers also collided in the northbound lanes. To make matters even worse, one of those trucks was transporting glue and the impact caused the glue to spill all over the highway.

                                                            chain reaction crash                                                                

Officials say that dense fog may have been a factor in both crashes as it was reported in the area during that time. It is now confirmed that one of the people who died as a result of this tragedy was a truck driver who may have left his vehicle to help others and was struck down on the road. Two other people are confirmed dead and seven people suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospitals in Texarkana, while several others suffered minor injuries.

                                                               3 dead in chain reaction crash

State troopers were forced to shut down the I-49 in both directions for hours as authorities investigated and cleared the scene. Motorists were rerouted onto Highway 71 as a detour. The southbound lanes were reopened just before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, but the northbound lanes remained closed as the investigation and cleanup continued. By Tuesday afternoon, one of the northbound lanes had reopened.


Scott Peaslee
Scott Peaslee
The driver who got out to help and was killed was driving the Con-way set of doubles in that first picture, he was from Fort Smith and we work for the same company. RIP sir...
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
Sorry to hear that...
Don Tireman
Don Tireman
Fog. The silent killer. And folks barrel ahead as if it is nonexistent. Until something goes wrong. Just like snow and ice, you either go slow or don't go...
CA Watkins
CA Watkins
We drove thru Arkansas for years as OTR TEAM DRIVERS,I always felt uneasy driving thru Arkansas cause of the way passenger vehicles found it necessary to drive in packs,leaving no room for others to try and pass,which means accidents.Fog is a pathway to an early grave for cautious drivers surrounded by ignorant drivers.:(
James Canady
James Canady
We have the best tool in the world to help us warn or be warned of dangers ahead but unfortunately if anyone is saying anything nobody is listening or vice versa
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
Can't see to the end of your hood, but got to do 70. If you're skeered, you shouldn't be on the highway! Rings out over the CB when you tell them to slow the hell down.
Calvin Coffeebean Powers
Calvin Coffeebean Powers
Prayers also to all the ppl involved
James Feltner
James Feltner
Operations always riding drivers ass about there is no such thing as unsafe weather. They worship the dollar.
Terry Perrott
Terry Perrott
Isn't that the truth, all they can see is $$$$$ on time delivery means $$$$$$$$$$.
Terry Perrott
Terry Perrott
The heck with safety, I had my fleet manager says you (I) will take this load or you'll sit.Im a driver who can't drive those hours 'SAFELY ' &told him no load out here is worth loosing my life over.He didn't like that.
Jason Stearns
Jason Stearns
I don't have that issue and never have. When I was a company driver I never once ran into that issue.
Randy Rekow
Randy Rekow
Who likes driving in fog? Nobody, just what I thought! Always just waiting for the sh** to hit 'da fan any second.
Nick Magee
Nick Magee
I live in tk it was bad....i got 2 Memphis everynight.....but the driver that died tryed to get out and help
Tiny Mcfee
Tiny Mcfee
,I dropped in bentonville Monday morning, took my 10 hrs break left out about 830 pm went north tho glad I did
Craig Wilson
Craig Wilson
I was on I49 wednesday and thursday of this week wasnt bad at all when i was there.
Paul Stone
Paul Stone
Can someone please tell me what part of slow down and give plenty of room eludes some of you?
Tammie Clegg Lund
Tammie Clegg Lund
Yes we were on 40 Monday night!
Patrick J Bogard
Patrick J Bogard
Its been hectic in Arkansas lately.
James Canady
James Canady
I'm in ft smith now....
Troy Tassin
Troy Tassin
Yes. I was there last Wednesday
Tiny Mcfee
Tiny Mcfee
Prayers and rip
David Miller
David Miller
Yesterday I-49
Terry Lytle
Terry Lytle
The driver slowed down and was rear ended by what up four wheeler
Terry Lytle
Terry Lytle
A Four wheeler?
Kenny G Simms
Kenny G Simms
Shame Plp DONT Respect god's work, in that much of a hurry to go absolutely no where, haste makes waste
Silas Hyler
Silas Hyler
Freddy Nightingale