Disclaimer: Information obtained from an Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary represents only the initial findings by an investigating law enforcement officer. The summaries are not considered official reports of a highway crash investigation, but merely a summary of preliminary information presented to an investigating officer. The information contained in a summary may not represent the facts eventually placed on file in the official final report.

A collision on Interstate 40 near Altus in Johnson County claimed the life of a Little Rock man Friday morning, December 24th.

At approximately 7:43 a.m., the Arkansas State Police were dispatched to the area between eastbound mile markers 50 and 51, to a motor vehicle collision that involved two 18 wheelers, a 2019 Peterbilt and a 2021 Kenworth.

According to a preliminary fatal crash report completed by the Arkansas State Police, the collision occurred as the 2019 Peterbilt was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 when it veered to the right and traveled off the roadway into the grass on the shoulder of the interstate. The Peterbilt then re-entered the eastbound lanes of traffic at a slow speed. The 2021 Kenworth was also traveling eastbound on I-40 and approaching the Peterbilt from the rear. The driver of the Kenworth did not realize the Peterbilt was traveling the slow speed and drove into the rear of the 18-wheeler.

The driver of the Kenworth, identified as Jeremy E. Kennedy, 37 of Little Rock, was pronounced on scene.

Kennedy’s body was transported and held at the Johnson County Coroner’s Office. The driver of the 2019 Peterbilt was not identified and according to the report, was not injured in the collision

While the collision was being worked, eastbound traffic through the area was shut down and diverted off of the interstate at Exit 47. The interstate was closed in the area for several hours due to the collision.

When the crash occurred, the weather conditions were clear and the roadway was dry.

At the time of this story, Kennedy’s next-of-kin had been notified.