ALTUS, AR – A driver was killed when his truck was involved in a collision with another 18-wheeler in Johnson County Friday morning.
According to River Valley Now, the incident occurred on Interstate 40 east between mile markers 50 and 51 near Altus at about 7:43 a.m.
Investigators with the Arkansas State Police determined that the driver of a Peterbilt going east on I-40 veered off the roadway into the grass on the shoulder, then re-entered the eastbound lanes at a slow rate of speed. The driver of an eastbound Kenworth 18-wheeler did not realize the Peterbilt was going at slow speed and slammed into the back of the truck, state troopers said.
The driver of the Kenworth was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as 37-year-old Jeremy E. Kennedy of Little Rock. The other truck driver, whose name was not released, was not injured.
The accident shut down eastbound traffic on I-40 near the scene for several hours, and motorists were diverted onto Exit 47.
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