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2 dead, 5 injured after fiery Arkansas crash

Two people were killed in a fiery seven-car pileup on Interstate 40 in West Memphis on Nov. 5. Authorities believe rainy weather and traffic backups due to road construction may have been factors in the crash.

Arkansas State Police said the chain reaction accident happened shortly before 12 p.m. when a 2010 International semi rear-ended a 2014 Dodge Ram near the 275 mile marker on eastbound I-40. The Ram was then pushed into the back of a 2003 Ford van. The International semi hit two other tractor-trailers before it burst into flames. A police cruiser and an unidentified seventh vehicle were also involved in the collision.

The semi driver, a 45-year-old woman, and a 68-year-old passenger in the Ford van were killed in the accident. Four other drivers and a teenage girl were injured and taken to area hospitals. The accident closed down I-40 for approximately eight hours as state troopers investigated the scene and crews cleared the wreckage. While authorities said wet roads and construction likely played a role in the crash, an official cause has not yet been released.

When someone is killed in a multi-vehicle accident, surviving family members may wish to pursue a civil lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. If a semi driver caused the accident, the decedent's family may be entitled to financial compensation from the driver or the truck company that employed that individual. An attorney might possibly use police reports to create a reconstruction of the truck accident in order to prove that a semi driver was liable for deaths or injuries suffered in the crash.

Source: WREG.com, "Two dead, several hurt after fiery crash on I-40 in West Memphis," George Brown, Nov. 6, 2014

Source: Arkansasmatters.com, "Update: State Police Release Report on I-40 Pileup That Killed 2", November 06, 2014

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