Two people died in a crash on I-40 E in West Memphis, Arkansas yesterday that involved several tractor trailers, a pickup truck, and a state patrol car.
Three people were taken to a local hospital after the crash, including a child.
The wreck occurred near the I-40 and I-55 split going into Memphis AR, about two miles before a construction zone.
Police stated that one of the big rigs clipped a vehicle, hit several others and broke out in flames.
Hazmat crews worked all day and night to clean up diesel fuel, as well as paint thinners and acids that spilled from one of the trucks.
We work extensively as personal injury attorneys for truck accident victims in Virginia, and often see negligent truck drivers cause severe accidents in construction zones. Highway work zone accidents killed 4700 people in the last 5 years. We strongly urge all truck drivers to be extra careful in and near construction zones, and to obey all speed limits. When they are not cautious, tragedy can result, as in the case above.
We also had a wrongful death settlement of $2.4 million involving a truck driver that miscalculated the distance between his truck and the rear of a car ahead. This truck clipped the car, and killed the driver. Please, all truck drivers, take extra care behind the wheel.