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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas state troopers investigate after a westbound truck hauling frozen pizzas hit the Mabelvale overpass on Interstate 30 on Aug. 9, 2017, causing the interstate to be shut down. No injuries were reported from the wreck. ( Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Thomas Metthe)

The driver of a rig that splattered frozen pizzas across Interstate 30 and backlogged traffic for hours Wednesday was issued a citation in the wreck, according to Arkansas State Police.

The crash happened around 1 p.m. about 1 mile east of Interstate 430.

According to a summary, 58-year-old Darrell Crummer of Cameron, Texas, was driving an International Navistar tractor-trailer westbound in the middle lane when he tried to switch into the right lane, state police spokeswoman Liz Chapman said in an email.

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Photos by Benjamin Krain, Thomas Metthe, Emma Pettit and Danny Straessle

The front of the tractor-trailer reportedly collided with the side of a Dodge Charger driven by a Katherine White, a 56-year-old Little Rock woman. Crummer then veered to the right, and the 18-wheeler jackknifed before crashing into the Mabelvale Pike overpass bridge support, police said.

Upon impact, the trailer detached from the truck, and both slid westbound and came to a stop facing the opposite direction, Chapman said. The trailer's cargo, frozen pizzas, spilled across the roadway.

When Crummer hit the bridge support, debris from his trailer was thrown across the highway and shattered the windshield of an eastbound Ryder Truck Rental freightliner, according to state police.

White and the Ryder's driver, 42-year-old Darren Moore of Little Rock, both reportedly suffered minor injuries,.

Chapman said Crummer was reportedly unhurt and cited for an improper lane change.


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  • Dontcallmenames
    August 15, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

    I've never understood traffic citations. You've had a wreck, you're hurt, embarrassed, insurance rates go up, dealing with mad people but oh, the police say you need to give them some money on top of all the other pressures and hurt you're dealing with. Gee thanks...

  • cableguy
    August 15, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.

    Most truckers drive like buttholes. I drove out of state recently where the highways have posted speed limits of 75 mph and I was cut off at least 10 times by truckers jumping out in the fast lane driving about 60 mph. Where in the trucker driving manual that it says it's okay to cut off cars about to pass? Then there was some road construction where the highway was down to one lane and a truck was literally driving less than 5 mph. You would had thought it was fatality wreck ahead, but it was just another ahole trucker on the highway.