One Dead, One Arrested After Wrecks On I-40

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) -- One man is dead and another is arrested after hitting two vehicles with his van on Interstate 40 just east of Mulberry Monday night (Oct. 23), according to Trooper Ricky Denton with Arkansas State Police Troop H.

Troopers said four people were initially injured in the wrecks. Three were taken away by ambulance, and one person had to be taken by medical helicopter, according to Denton.

Arkansas State Police said 31-year-old David Thomason of Bradford was driving in the westbound lane of I-40 when he hit the first vehicle, forcing them off the road, said Denton.

Troopers said Thomason then kept driving and swerved, hitting a GMC pickup truck driven by 68-year-old Guy Holden of Chouteau, Oklahoma. This caused both Thomason and Holden to go off the road and overturn.

Emergency crews had to use the jaws of life to free Holden, but Arkansas State Police confirmed that Holden died as a result of the crash.

Officer Denton said Thomason then got out of his vehicle and started walking away from the scene. However, authorities were able to find and arrest him. He's being held at the Franklin County Jail.

Those injured were taken to Sparks Hospital in Van Buren. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

The westbound lane of I-40 near Mulberry had to be shutdown while emergency crews cleared the scene. The road was reopened at 12:18 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 24).

Arkansas State Police is currently investigating.

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