Two fatal crashes involving loaded FedEx trucks cause major clean-up

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(KETK) For the second time this week, the crash of big rig FedEx trucks ended tragically, and also caused major issues on Arkansas highways.  

On Tuesday, KETK in Little Rock reported the first accident, which occurred along I-40 in Lonoke County. Three people were killed in that crash. 

Then, Friday afternoon, one person died in a wreck on I-440 in North Little Rock. 

Although the fatalities were the worst aspects of the crashes, several other problems are left behind – the packages strewn all over the roadway when loaded FedEX, UPS or USPO trucks crash.

In Friday’s crash, J Hook Towing and Recovery in North Little Rock carefully sorted a FedEx’s load piece by piece as investigators try to piece together what happened Friday afternoon on Interstate 440 in NLR. 

Tim Moody, general manager of  J Hook Towing and Receiving told KARK that,  “It’s not very common but there’s really not an answer for it.”

Moody was on the scene Friday as workers unloaded the FedEx truck. 

“You got to have the proper equipment to get out there,” Moody said. 

It’s not just removing the packages and trucks off the roadway so traffic can resume, but also protecting the load the big rigs carried until it is returned to the carrier. Moody said Friday’s load would be transported to his company’s yard until it can be handed back to Fed Ex.

Arkansas Police Sgt. Brad Lann said.  “It’s a lot of clean up. It’s multiple loads spilled out on the interstate.”

Once investigators arrived on the scene, Lann said, “They determined that a tractor-trailer traveling westbound on 440 crossed left of center went over the median wall, overturned, then was struck by another tractor-trailer traveling eastbound on I-440.”

Last week was not the first time the issue has come up in central
Arkansas.

About 4 months ago KARK did a story about Amazon packages being stored after a wreck in Lonoke County, where they were stored locally, at Lucky’s Tow Yard. 

According to a spokesperson from Lucky’s, those packages were recovered by the company and its insurance carrier. They then have 45 days in which to claim the items. 

Moody said once the holds are released on the packages, FedEx will “be picking them up real soon.”

As of 10 p.m.. Friday, some portions of EB I-440 remained closed.  according to I-Drive….by Price McKeon, KETK

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