State Police to Investigate Driver Jumping from Big-Rig, Causing Fatal AccidentOctober 31st, 2012 by iPhone
10th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen has requested that a criminal investigation be conducted by the Arkansas State Police in connection with the October 29 Wilmar accident involving Bryant R. Childs (age 30 of Warren) and others.
A Warren driver was killed instantly when Childs’ loaded asphault truck crushed her mini-van into another 18-wheeler, in a 6 vehicle collision, Monday around noon.
1 Fatality in 6 Vehicle Crash at Wilmar – Victim Identified
October 29, 2012
At 9 pm, the name of the victim was released. She was identified as Elizabeth Ann Davis, age 66 of Warren. According to the Arkansas State Police, Ms. Davis was driving a 2005 Dodge van.
3:00 pm Update
Around noon, an 18-wheeler enclosed trailer, a loaded log truck, a personal van, and a loaded asphalt truck were involved in a single fatality accident at the Wilmar railroad tracks.
HWY 278 is being detoured around the tracks, by using Gates and 13th street, rotating between east and westbound traffic.
Arkansas State Police are working the crash scene, assisted by Drew County Deputies Monticello Rescue Squad, and Thad Arkansas HWY Police.
The confirmed fatality is an unidentified white female, inside of the Mini-van that was crushed between the big- rigs.
Multiple unconfirmed sources have told MLive that as a train was crossing HWY 278 west of Wilmar, lines of traffic were stopped.
Cars were in each westbound lane; behind the cars were a loaded log truck in the left lane and a covered panel trailer in the right lane.
Behind the log truck was a heavy duty work truck, and behind one of those vehicles was a white minivan containing a white female, who died in the crash.
A loaded asphalt truck belonging to Kelly & Son of Rowell came around the curve, saw the waiting line of traffic, and briefly hit his brakes; before jumping from his loaded 18 wheeler, leaving the waiting line of traffic at the mercy of his big rig as it barreled around the curve towards them.
The asphalt truck struck the work truck (pushing it into the log truck) and then collided with the minivan causing the death of its driver as the minivan was crushed into the side of the panel truck. A 2007 Chevy sedan received minor damage, aas a part of the chain reaction collision.
At 5:30, the roadway remains closed. Some vehicles have been moved and authorities have confirmed that there was only one fatality in this afternoon’s tragic accident.
Reports indicate that the three tractor-trailer drivers have been transported for medical care.
No details have been released about pending charges of the driver of the asphalt truck.