Arkansas State Police have identified the sole fatality in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 in Prairie County early Thursday.
The accident injured 10 other people – including seven people in one truck -- and shut down the busy stretch of highway in both directions for eight hours.
Austin G. Jarrett, 25, 23 Wishing Well, Cabot, who was a passenger in the third of six involved vehicles in the eastbound lane of I-40 at the 200-mile marker, was killed. Cathy J. Jarrett, 48, of the same address, who was driving their 2007 Toyota Camry, was hurt.
The ASP said this is what happened at about 7:50 a.m.:
Metal debris in the eastbound lane hit a 2013 Freightliner driven by Dornell Dewindt, 30, of Riverdale, Georgia, which caused him to stop on the interstate. Four other vehicles stopped behind him. All five vehicles were trailed by a 2007 model Kentworth, driven by Charles Williams, 26, of Webber Falls, Oklahoma. Williams’s truck ran into the last vehicle in the line, setting off a chain reaction of collisions.
The following vehicles and people were also involved:
Second vehicle, a 2012 Volvo, driver John Wieczorkowski, 48, Valley Grove, West Virginia, was not hurt.
Third vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Camry, Austin Jarrett died and Cathy Jarrett was hurt.
Fourth vehicle, a 2013 Ford E350, driver Jose Estrada, 40, of Galena, Texas, was hurt. Also hurt were passengers Danelia Flores, 16; Claudia Estrada, 38, and Orlando Estrada, 7, all of the same address in Galena, Texas. Also hurt were passengers Brisa Salazar, 12, and Lluvia Hernandez, 22, both of Houston; and Maria Puente, 55, San Antonio, Texas.
Fifth vehicle, a 2005 Volvo, driver Brandon Whitt, 37, Maple Heights, Ohio, was hurt.
Sixth vehicle, Williams’ Kentworth. Williams was injured.
The injured people were taken by ambulance to Stuttgart Regional Medical Center, or by ambulance or helicopter to Baptist Medical Center, St. Vincent Medical Center, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.
The weather was clear and the road was dry.
Trooper 1st Class Jason Martin investigated the wreck.