David White Dead, 10 Injured in St. Francis Co., AR, 18-wheeler Accident
St. Francis County, AR -- December 30, 2016, David White was killed, ten others injured, due to an accident where an 18-wheeler rear-ended a line of cars.
The following is a list of the injured people involved in the 18-wheeler accident:
- Regina White - 32
- Katie Montgomery - 49
- Michelle Jones - 39
- Amber Kennedy - 29
- Deenie Cress - 52
- Deann Rivera - 52
- Noe Cadena - 71
- Donna Cullum - 48
- Minor (identity not released)
- Minor (identity not released)
The Arkansas State Police released a report on the 7-vehicle accident, stating that the crash occurred on I-40 about two miles west of Forrest City.
The report indicates that six passenger vehicles were in a line moving slowly. Traffic was backed up due to an earlier accident. An 18-wheeler, driven by Noe Cadena, somehow failed to slow down in time. The 18-wheeler crashed into the back of David White's vehicle and caused a chain reaction with the other vehicles.
As a result of this collision, 68-year-old David White sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash. Those who were injured were taken to either Forrest City Medical Center or Regional One in Memphis, TN.
Authorities have not yet said if charges are being considered in connection with the accident. It's unclear if any particular factors contributed to the crash.
Investigations are ongoing at this time.
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Accidents like this one can often bring on complications which many people don't consider. Not everyone has years of experience dealing with trucking companies and the kinds of obstacles that can arise following a truck accident. Our firm has been working truck accidents for nearly 30 years, and we have seen a lot of victims end up with no compensation or a lot less than they deserve simply because they were unaware of what they were walking into. An accident like this one--a lot of victims and a lot of potential factors--is rife with opportunity for a trucking company to point the finger at this or that and try to avoid liability for the damages.
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