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18-wheeler burns on I-30; driver dead

By ArkansasOnline

This article was originally published January 14, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. Updated January 14, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.


Crews work a truck fire on Interstate 30 Tuesday morning.

An 18-wheeler burns Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, on Interstate 30 near Base Line Road in Little Rock.

Little Rock Fire Department crews responded Tuesday to a semitrailer fire on Interstate 30 eastbound near Base Line Road that killed the driver.

Little Rock Fire Department Capt. Randy Hickmon said the truck was eastbound on the highway when it veered right, hit a concrete barrier and jackknifed, catching fire as it jumped the barrier and came to rest on an adjacent service lane.

The driver died at the scene, Hickmon said. An Arkansas State Police crash report identified the driver as 70-year-old Lonoke resident Jerry White.

The road was dry and the weather was clear around 9:10 a.m., when the report states the accident occurred.

Traffic was delayed for some time while the crash was investigated, the wreckage was cleared and spilled hazardous materials were cleaned up.

Interstate 30 had been down to only one lane, but it reopened to all traffic just after 10:30 a.m.

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JohnAFlynn says... January 14, 2014 at 10:03 a.m.

Unbelievable. A man is killed in what has to have been a horrific fashion, and the headline is "TRAFFIC ALERT." Tragic death apparently is much less important than how a bunch of people are getting from point A to B.

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Kathy5 says... January 14, 2014 at 11:18 a.m.

Pray for this driver's family. What a horrific tragedy, the death and agony the victim incurred.

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HarleyOwner says... January 14, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

Sad to hear. As a retired trucker, while the article didn't give the time this accident happened, I'm guessing the driver either had a medical problem or, fell asleep.

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Cooper2608 says... January 14, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.

As a friend and family man he will be missed by may!! RIP you will be missed but NEVER forgotten!! Today we lose a REALLY good man that NEVER thought twice about helping someone in need!

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shellybane says... January 14, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.

My prayers go out to his family! Such a tragedy!

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T6 says... January 14, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.

My Prayers go out for this driver's family. Pretty disconcerting tho, the way they are all oogling at what? the dead body?

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