Two students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff died, and three more people were hurt early Wednesday on Interstate 30 in Bryant after a police traffic stop went horribly awry.
The three-vehicle accident happened about 1:52 a.m. near the eastbound 123-mile marker in Bryant.
According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, Bryant Police Officer Seth Wakefield, 26, of Alexander, in a 2017 Ford Explorer, had stopped a 2015 model Nissan on the left shoulder near the 123 exit.
An eastbound 2016 Volvo tractor-trailer, a FedEx commercial carrier driven by Roshannon Dunnigan, 37, of Shreveport, LA, crossed the painted divider lines and collided with both the stopped vehicle and the police cruiser. Both the Nissan and the tractor-trailer caught fire.
Two passengers in the Nissan were killed. They were UAPB students Adriana Greenwood, 23, of Point Blank, TX, and Treylin Cranford, 18, of Little Rock.
The driver of the Nissan, Andre Harris, 19, of Point Blank, TX, was injured. Dunnigan and Wakefield were also injured. They were taken to Saline Memorial Hospital.
The weather was clear and the road was dry.
Trooper Kyle Ellison investigated the accident for the Arkansas State Police.
UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence D. Alexander said in a statement issued by his office that he had reached out to the families of both students “to express the love and support our UAPB family shares with them during this trying time. Please know that in the face of this tragedy, our counselors will be available to students, faculty and staff for those experiencing anguish and distress over this tremendous loss.”