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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - An Interstate 30 sign is shown in this 2019 file photo. - Photo by Gavin Lesnick

Two people were killed and a police officer was injured early Wednesday after a truck struck a passenger vehicle that was on the side of Interstate 30 during a traffic stop in central Arkansas, authorities and transportation officials said.

The crash happened shortly before 2 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-30 near the Reynolds Road exit in Bryant, according to Danny Straessle, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Bryant police officer Seth Wakefield stopped a Nissan passenger vehicle that had defective equipment along the inside shoulder "next to the center median wall," said Sgt. Todd Crowson, a spokesman for the department.

When Wakefield returned to his patrol vehicle after the stop, an 18-wheeler struck both vehicles, according to a news release by Bryant police.

[RELATED: Click here for full coverage of fatal wrecks in Arkansas » arkansasonline.com/fatalwrecks/]

Adriana Greenwood, 23, of Pointblank, Texas, and Treylin Cranford, 19 of Little Rock, both passengers in the Nissan, were killed, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary report.

Police said Wakefield, who received minor injuries, was treated at Saline Memorial Hospital and later released. In addition, the driver of the 18-wheeler and the driver of the Nissan were injured.

Also Wednesday, a 76-year-old Mulberry man died when his car was struck head-on by another car on U.S. 64 in Mulberry at 6:04 a.m., according to a state police report.

Billy J. Smith was driving west on U.S. 64 when his 2002 Toyota was struck by an eastbound 2007 Chevrolet that had entered the westbound lane, the report said.

Andrew Head, 29, of Mulberry, the driver of the Chevrolet, was injured in the crash.

Metro on 11/07/2019

Print Headline: Police: 2 killed, officer hurt after truck veers into car, police vehicle stopped along I-30

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