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Tractor-trailer hits car on I-40; passenger killed

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published December 12, 2012 at 6:31 a.m.

— A passenger was killed and a driver hurt Tuesday after a tractor-trailer crashed into their car and pushed it into another tractor-trailer, authorities said.

The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 40 in Prairie County, closing the highway in both directions for some time.

Arkansas State Police say it happened as a 1993 Ford Escort driven by Justin M. Jackson, 39, of Fayetteville, was stopped behind a 2012 International tractor-trailer in a westbound construction zone.

A second 2012 International tractor-trailer then failed to stop, rear-ending the Escort and forcing it into the trailer of the first truck, according to a preliminary report. Police say a third tractor trailer, a 2013 Freightliner, then rear-ended the first truck that didn't stop.

Jackson was transported to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock with unspecified injuries. His condition wasn't immediately known.

A passenger in the Escort identified as Kristin G. Jackson, 33, of Fayetteville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

None of the truck drivers was injured.

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hogfan2012 says... December 12, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.

Always truck drivers. You are warned for 40 miles that there is construction ahead and you will have to stop. Yet as usual, the truck drivers think they are bullet proof and can literally "run over" the cars. Truckers on I-40 - SLOW DOWN. And when I-40 is blocked, Highway 70 is 55 mph speed limit with small towns that have 35 mph speed limits. OBEY THE LAWS!!!!!

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DavidandNancy says... December 12, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.

hogfan2012 hits the nail on the head. Truckers are the biggest hazard on the road. They show little or no regard for the motorists around them, and drive like bullies. Where are the speeding and reckless driving tickets for them?

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TheBatt says... December 12, 2012 at 3:37 p.m.

"A second 2012 International tractor-trailer then failed to stop, rear-ending the Escort and forcing it into the trailer of the first truck, according to a preliminary report."

12:30PM, broad-daylight, dry conditions, temps above freezing...

So - was the semi-driver asleep, on drugs, or just not paying attention? Either way - he is CRIMINALLY liable. I just cannot see ANY logical explanation. Prayers for the victims and their families. This is so sad.

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