Samir Basic Killed in Clark County, AR, 18-wheeler Accident
Clark County, AR -- January 18, 2017, Samir Basic was killed following an accident in which his van collided with a flat-bed 18-wheeler.
According to a report released by the Arkansas State Police, the incident occurred at around 1:12 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 53 and I-30.
The report states that 42-year-old Basic was traveling eastbound on the interstate driving a Mercedes passenger van. From an entrance ramp, a flat-be 18-wheeler was entering highway lanes via the acceleration lane.
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, the two vehicles crossed paths with each other, and Basic's van crashed into the trailer of the truck.
Basic was critically injured in the collision, and he was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. He was later pronounced dead there. The truck driver was not injured.
Authorities have not released any additional details on the accident. Their investigations are ongoing.
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The details that have been released by police at this stage are lacking. There are quite a few things that don't add up. Based on the information released, the 18-wheeler would have been merging from the Highway 53 ramp, and the acceleration lane here is pretty lengthy. If the reports are accurate, it's definitely strange that Mr. Basic's vehicle would go into this lane at all since there are no exits coming up near that location. And considering this accident happened around 1:00 a.m., there are plenty of factors that could be at play.
I've seen a lot of accidents like this one, and many of them are very complex in the early stages of police investigations. Unfortunately, these police investigations rarely ever expand on their details of the accident. I think this particular accident should be looked at by an independent professional who has experience dealing with these kinds of truck accidents. Accidents like these can often reveal a lot more information when they come under close scrutiny. Without all of the facts, there's no way for anyone to draw any meaningful conclusions about this accident.
--Grossman Law Offices