Five vehicles – three tractor-trailers and two other vehicles – are now said to have been involved in Tuesday’s crash on Interstate 30, according to Arkansas State Police. “Reduced speed and caution necessary”, says a tweet from Arkansas state police.
Police say the first collision happened at about 11:45 p.m. Monday near Fouke, about 160 miles southwest of Little Rock, when a tractor-trailer traveling south slowed down and was rear-ended.
Police told CBS affiliate KSLA in Shreveport, La., that in addition to the three deaths, there were at least seven injuries from as many as nine total crashed vehicles. State police said troopers are investigating whether fog may have contributed to the crashes.
Police believe one man who died was a truck driver who had gotten out of his vehicle to warn others to stop.
In all, ten vehicles were involved including a truck carrying large glue containers.
For a time, both north- and southbound lanes along parts of I-49 were closed.
Traffic is being rerouted near Fouke along US Hwy.
It is unknown when the westbound lanes will reopen. However, the detour remains in effect for northbound traffic.
Miller County sheriff’s deputies and members of numerous volunteer fire departments also responded to the accident scenes. Arkansas State Police say there are initial reports of fatalities but details are still being confirmed.