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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 horrific collision involving several vehicles on Interstate 40 near Atkins claimed a life on Wednesday afternoon, October 2, 2019. At 4:21 p.m., Pope County dispatchers received several 911 calls reporting the crash. According to the 911 callers, the collision involved multiple vehicles including a semi, and more than one vehicle was reported to be on fire. Upon receiving the report, Pope County 911 operators dispatched the Arkansas State Police, Atkins Police Department, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Pope County EMS, and the Atkins Fire Department.
Upon the arrival of the Atkins Fire Department they gave dispatch a size up of the scene and advised that two vehicles were on fire. They also informed dispatch that entrapment was involved in two other vehicles that were involved in the crash but the two vehicles were not on fire. After learning of the entrapment, Pope County EMS Rescue was dispatched to respond to the scene. As Pope County EMS 135 was en route to the scene, personnel requested dispatch to check the availability of an air ambulance. At that time ASP requested the response of additional ambulances due to the number of occupants injured in the crash.
As EMS 135 arrived on scene, dispatch was advised that there were four patients and a fifth person was deceased. At that time, the Pope County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to respond. According to a preliminary report completed by the Arkansas State Police, the collision involved eight vehicles. The vehicles were a 2018 Peterbilt, a Chevrolet (unknown year/model/make), a 2003 Dodge Ram, a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, a 2015 Toyota 4Runner, a 2017 Honda Pilot, a 2018 Kia Soul and a 2009 Toyota Camry. All eight vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-40 when the crash occurred. According to the preliminary report, the Peterbuilt was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 when it struck the Chevrolet in the rear while continuing eastbound down the roadway. The Peterbilt traveled a short distance before striking the Dodge Ram in the rear and causing it to leave the roadway to the right. The semi then struck the Hyundai Sonata in the driver’s side rear, sending the car into the passenger side rear of the Toyota 4Runner. The Toyota 4Runner then struck the Honda Pilot in the driver’s side causing it to strike the Toyota Camry in the rear. Following the collision with the Honda Pilot, the Toyota 4Runner struck the Kia Soul in the driver’s side rear causing it to leave the roadway to the right.
When the collision occurred between the Peterbilt and the Chevrolet, the two vehicles caught fire and burned significantly. During the crash, the driver of the Dodge Ram identified as Dustin M. Lamb, 21 of Morrilton was injured, the driver of the Hyundai Sonata, identified as Bryan E. Wilson, 53 of Mayflower was injured, the driver of the Toyota 4Runner, identified as Terri C. Boyd, 43 of Cabot was injured and the driver of the Kia Soul, identified as 20-year-old Zachary T. Gullet was injured. The female driver of the Chevrolet was killed in the crash and pronounced on scene by the Pope County Coroner’s Office and at this time, the individual has not been identified.
The injured patients were transported from the scene by Pope County EMS and Survival Flight 7 to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Conway Regional Medical Center and to UAMS in Little Rock. The injuries they sustained in the crash and their current conditions are unknown. The driver of the Peterbilt was not injured in the crash. When the collision occurred, weather conditions were clear and traffic was slow through the area. The unidentified female killed in the crash was transported and held at the Pope County Coroner’s Office.
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