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Tennessee man killed in I-40 wreck

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published May 29, 2014 at 6:39 a.m.

A driver from Tennessee died Wednesday after his vehicle struck traffic stopped in a construction zone on Interstate 40 in St. Francis County, authorities said.

It happened about 3:15 p.m. about a mile east of the Palestine exit.

Arkansas State Police said in a report that 24-year-old Jacob Pace of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., was driving a 2011 GMC east on the highway when he "did not slow for traffic ahead."

The GMC first hit a 2010 Ford Fusion, pushing it into the median, before continuing east and hitting the rear of an 18-wheeler stopped in a construction zone, police said.

Pace died from his injuries. The Fusion driver, 69-year-old Gary Rimer of Memphis, was taken to a Memphis hospital with unspecified injuries. The truck driver was not hurt.

The death was the 146th in a traffic crash in Arkansas so far this year, according to preliminary figures.

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Popsmith says... May 29, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.

Is anyone getting the message that there is something wrong with traffic management on I40? I can remember few times when I wasn't delayed because of construction on that road.

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NutButter says... May 29, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

That is a deadly stretch of interstate and I can't believe they have no solution.

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LSS says... May 29, 2014 at 8:38 p.m.

Wonder if he was texting. Can't they tell that and if so, why don't they report it?

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