Abner Carballo Dead, Lonnie Butler Injured in Pulaski Co., AR, Accident
Pulaski County, AR -- February 21, 2017, Abner Carballo was killed, Lonnie Butler was injured, following an accident in which three 18-wheelers crashed.
The Arkansas State Police released a preliminary accident report saying that the crash happened around 4:44 p.m. along I-40W.
Close to the intersection of I-40W and Valentine Road, an accident caused 55-year-old Butler and another 18-wheeler to come to a stop on the interstate. After this, the report says that 36-year-old Carballo's semi-trailer crashed into the back of Butler's truck. This collision pushed the vehicles into a third 18-wheeler in front of them.
Due to the collision, Carballo suffered fatal injuries. Butler sustained unspecified injuries and was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. No additional injuries were reported.
Authorities did not release any additional details surrounding the crash.
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I think there are some key questions that need to be answered in this accident. How much times was there between the first accident and this one? Were the first two semis in a line of traffic, or did they have to stop suddenly? How much time did Mr. Carballo have to react? If the initial accident happened significantly earlier, was the crash site properly marked to warn other drivers?
There are just a lot of possible factors surrounding this accident which the police report doesn't cover. There needs to be a more thorough investigation that will look at all of the evidence and answer these pertinent questions.
--Grossman Law Offices