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A 91-year-old man was killed after he drove the wrong way on Interstate 555 in northeast Arkansas and struck a truck head-on Wednesday morning, resulting in the closure of northbound lanes for several hours, authorities said.

The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. in Jonesboro near the Nestle Road exit, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

State police identified the driver as 91-year-old Billy Summers of Weiner.

The head-on crash also caused a second collision between two other vehicles, authorities said.

Summers suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

No other injuries were listed in a report of the crash, which noted clear weather and dry roads at the time.

Highway officials cleared the crash and reopened lanes around 2 p.m., roughly four and a half hours after the wreck.

At least 156 people have been killed in crashes along Arkansas roads so far this year, according to preliminary data. Those figures include at least 16 deaths so far this month.


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  • TheGoodGuy
    May 15, 2019 at 6:06 p.m.

    Well, why in the heck was he able to do that in the first place??? They need to break down and come up with a solution to block vehicles from going onto the highways and freeways the wrong way! If that was in place, things like this wouldn't happen. And, I'm sorry if this isn't PC, but I really doubt he should have been driving at 91 anyway. Every person I've ever met around that age has always been off their game. They can be completely bone sober and it will be like they have a BAC of at least 3x the legal limit when it comes to coordination and observational skills. I just think after a certain age, if you insist on driving, you should be required to submit to retesting at least ever 5 years. As you progress in age, it should be shortened to every 4, 3, and so on. At 91, you should be retested every single year in order to be able to continue to drive. Again, sorry if that isn't PC, but it sure as heck will keep people safe!

  • ZeebronZ
    May 15, 2019 at 7:28 p.m.

    @THEGOODGUY-I've been asking that question for years. Arkansas is one of the only states in the south that still has 2-way feeder roads. This leads to many, many of these crashes. Lots of people blame the late night crashes on people who are impaired but so far there's no evidence to support that. A driver unfamiliar with the roads and turned around could easily enter the wrong way if there was no traffic to be seen. If they insist on having 2-way feeder roads, one solution would be stop signs at all entrance and exit ramps. SMDH

  • Moonglowalso
    May 15, 2019 at 8:01 p.m.

    I was in Jonesboro a couple of years ago for a meeting. Trying to navigate the roads and freeway there was awful. I was so happy when I finally got onto the interstate going home to Little Rock.