A man was killed and at least three people were hospitalized Friday night (Feb. 28) after a series of crashes on Interstate 540 near Lowell that shut down the highway, according to Arkansas State Police.
Police and an ambulance responded to the scene of a rollover crash between Lowell and the Wagon Wheel exit around 9:30 p.m. They responded to two other crashes in the same area over the next hour, police said.
In one of the collisions, a vehicle driven by Janet Hill, 74, of Springdale, swerved onto the shoulder of the road to avoid a collision with another car, only to strike and kill a pedestrian. The pedestrian died in the collision and was later identified as David P. Moessner, 52, of Baldwin, Mo., according to Arkansas State Police.
Hill was uninjured in the wreck, police said.
Two other crash victims involved in other wrecks were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, while one person was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center, according to state police.
Police blocked the northbound and southbound lanes for more than an hour after the initial crash.