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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — An Interstate 40 sign is shown in this file photo.

A 48-year-old Conway man suffered fatal injuries after his SUV collided with a truck and then ran off Interstate 40 in Conway early Sunday, authorities said.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m., Demetres L. Cole was driving a 2005 Dodge Durango east when he moved to pass a Freightliner truck, according to an Arkansas State Police report.

The Durango vehicle then sideswiped the truck as Cole attempted to exit I-40, police wrote, noting the SUV ran off the highway and crashed into a tree.

Cole died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Conditions at the time were said to be clear and dry.

At least 281 people have died in traffic crashes in Arkansas so far this year, according to preliminary figures.

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  • jwheelii
    August 12, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.

    That's a pretty cut-and-dried description. Would be interesting to hear the truck drivers viewpoint.

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