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Two drivers killed after truck's trailer disconnects

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published December 18, 2012 at 6:36 a.m.

— Two drivers were killed Monday after a truck's trailer became disconnected and crossed into opposing traffic, striking both of their vehicles, authorities said.

It happened about 6:40 a.m. on Arkansas 95 about two miles north of Interstate 40 in Conway County.

Arkansas State Police say the 2006 Freightliner driven by Jeremy Hobbs, 36, of Lavaca, was heading north on the highway when the trailer disconnected and went into the southbound lanes.

According to a preliminary report, it struck a 1985 Chevy pickup driven by 43-year-old Morrilton resident Kevin Whitbey and a 1996 Lincoln driven by 24-year-old Springfield resident Rogelio Morales. The pickup overturned, and the Lincoln crashed into a ditch. Both drivers died from unspecified injuries.

The report did not specify what caused the trailer to disconnect from the truck. Hobbs was not injured.

There have been 525 fatalities on Arkansas roads so far this year, according to preliminary figures from state police.

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djaye says... December 18, 2012 at 8:13 a.m.

get ready for that lawsuit...

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GottaMakeIt says... December 18, 2012 at 10:03 a.m.

...@djaye: and well there should be one!
Someone has to accept their responsibility.

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JuanCarlosEspinoza says... December 18, 2012 at 10:35 a.m.

More people die from stupid negligence than assault rifles.

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T6 says... December 18, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.

Ban all semi truck and trailers!!!

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HarleyOwner says... December 18, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.

I'm wondering how far the tractor/trailer had traveled prior to this accident. Sounds like the locking mechanism on the tractor's 5th wheel did not trip when the driver backed up under the trailer. As a retired trucker, I always tugged as hard as I could to assure that my trailer was attached to my tractor. Don't see how this could be anything other than driver error.

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T6 says... December 18, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.

Harley.... Exactly but it could be mechanical malfunction but doubtful although I have known of such a thing happening.

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brandi85 says... December 18, 2012 at 5:56 p.m.

to all that have commented lets try to be a little more sensitive with what you comment on here that 24 year old roger was a loving husband and a father to beautiful young sons, the baby son of his mother and father and we will greatly miss him. as i am sure that the other man Kevin Whitbey has a family of his own that is mourning him as well that may see this. remember there are alot of people who love these 2 men very much and are dealing with this umthinkable accident. happy holidays and please say a prayer for both these mens families and for the driver as well he's probally suffing just as much as we are

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