On May 15, 2016, at approximately 11:40 p.m., Willetta Reaves, 40, and Danny Hollis, 51 were traveling eastbound on I-40, when the vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The impact sent the Cadillac into the guardrail and both vehicles overturned. Reaves and Hollis were pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver was not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Arkansas State Police.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.