A small stretch of Interstate 30 in Bryant turned deadly on Thanksgiving, as two accidents in 13 hours killed four people and injured four more.
The second wreck killed three people about 5:14 p.m. It happened in the eastbound lane at the 123-mile marker.
According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, a 2007 model Nissan Altima, being driven by a minor female, had been stationary on the shoulder of the interstate. It entered the No. 1 lane at a slow rate of speed and was struck from behind by a 2019 Volvo tractor-trailer.
One female minor, one male minor and one adult – all passengers – were killed. The adult was identified as Katrina Dunnick, 39, of Little Rock. All three were declared dead at the scene.
The Altima’s minor female driver, and one minor male passenger, were injured.
The driver of the truck, Mavlyud S. Akhmedov, 52, of Okemos, MI, was also injured.
It was raining and the road was wet when the accident happened.
Jenna Nicole Kelton, 24, of Alexander, died about 6:19 a.m. Thursday in a two-vehicle accident on the westbound side of the 124-mile marker.
Arkansas State Police said that a 2008 Ford Mustang, driven by Alfred Cuanas Pascual, 20, of Benton, was westbound on the north service road and veered off the road. It crossed the median and came to a stop facing north across the No. 1 lane of traffic on Interstate 30 west.
Kelton’s 2015 Nissan Altima, which was westbound in the No. 1 lane, stuck the Pascual Mustang.
Pascual was injured.
The weather was clear and the road was dry.