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Driver killed in I-30 wreck identified as LR man

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published May 30, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. Updated May 30, 2014 at 2:40 p.m.

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Interstate 30 East at I-430 near Otter Creek Road is shut Friday morning, May 30, 2014, after an accident.

Fatal wreck on I-30 stalls LR traffic

One person was killed in a collision on I-30 Friday morning between a pickup and an 18-wheeler. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Interstate 30 East at Otter Creek Road is shut Friday morning, May 30, 2014, after an accident.

A Little Rock man was killed Friday morning when his pickup was hit by an 18-wheeler on Interstate 30, snarling traffic in the area for some time.

It happened about 9:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near Interstate 430. All but the inside lane was reported reopened by noon and traffic was moving freely through the area by mid-afternoon, the Arkansas Online live traffic map showed.

Arkansas State Police say it happened as a Dodge pickup driven by 59-year-old Winston M. Smith was merging from Interstate 430 onto eastbound I-30.

According to a preliminary report, the pickup drove off the shoulder and then reentered I-30, where it was hit by an eastbound tractor trailer.

The pickup broke into multiple parts on impact, including at least one part that then caught fire.

Smith died at the scene. The tractor trailer driver wasn't injured.

The death was the 149th in a traffic crash in Arkansas so far this year, according to preliminary figures.

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jeeper360 says... May 30, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.

No doubt the semi-truck was in the left lane too. The Highway Police don't do enough to keep the trucks out of that lane. The fines must not be high enough.

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Ken22 says... May 30, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.

Trucks are not prohibited from using the left lane. It's a courtesy thing for slower traffic to stay in the right lanes unless passing.

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Jfish says... May 30, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

The access ramp is not very long there after you come out of the sharp curve. If you have a trailer truck in the right lane, you had better stay on the shoulder until you can merge safely.

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Popsmith says... May 31, 2014 at 12:12 a.m.

Way too many interruptions to traffic flow on I30 and I40. Someone needs to come up with smarts on keeping traffic moving.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... May 31, 2014 at 2:21 a.m.

Restricting trucks from using all the lane may have lead to this accident. Most folks travel in the middle lane which is the passing lane for trucks. I have witnessed numerous vehicle passing big trucks in the far left lane, moving into the middle lane and immediately slowing down in front of these big trucks to merge into the right lane to exit.
I am surprised that more accidents don't occur on I-30 where these restriction are in place.
The AHD should remove these restriction before more citizens are killed.....

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