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Truck driver killed in I-40 wreck identified

This article was published May 9, 2013 at 6:50 a.m.

Authorities have released additional details about a six-vehicle fatal wreck Wednesday in a construction zone on Interstate 40, including the name of a driver who was killed.

According to an Arkansas State Police report, eastbound traffic had slowed or stopped at the 199 mile marker near Hazen in Prairie County when a tractor-trailer driven by 60-year-old Carl W. Stark hit the rear of another tractor-trailer.

That set off a chain-reaction collision in the single-lane construction zone where three other trucks and a minivan were also hit.

Stark of Crescent, Okla., died from unspecified injuries.

Injuries were also reported to two other truck drivers — identified as Eddie Sawyer, 63, of Memphis, and Lianwen Lin, 48, of South Pasadena, Calif. — and one passenger in a separate truck, 60-year-old Richard Dill of East Lynn, W.Va.

The extent of the injuries wasn't included in the report, but at least one of the men was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock.

The wreck stopped traffic on the highway for more than five hours.

Stark was the 154th person to die in a traffic accident in Arkansas so far this year, according to preliminary figures. The construction zone has been the scene of several other recent crashes.

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jgbear says... May 9, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.

There are too many warnings of slow traffic due to construction. Another case of inattentive driving.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... May 11, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.

Article in Wed. print copy on said that the accident in March that also had a fatality, the driver was quoted as saying that he "HEARD some debris hit his vehicle and decided to stop"
On a one lane in each direction major interstate... He DECIDED to stop!!
There is a cure for this kind of stoopidity...however, it too is fatal..

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