According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary crash report 38-year-old Johnie Patterson Jr. and 53-year-old Dennis Hyman Jr. of Fouke, Ark. were killed in the Monday night crash. 54-year-old Terry Bailey of Huntington, Ark. was also killed when he was struck after he stopped to help.
According to the report the chain of accidents started when Hyman rear ended a semi-truck that had slowed due to heavy fog. The truck and Hyman’s car were then both struck by a Pontiac Aztek driven by a 35-year-old Texarkana woman who is listed as injured. Hyman was then also struck by a GMC SUV driven by a 23-year-old man from Houston, Texas who was also injured. Patterson then crashed into the back of semi-truck followed by a Chevy Avalanche.
Bailey stopped his vehicle in the outside lane of I-49 to help with the collision which had occurred in front of him when he struck by a Chevy Malibu traveling in the outside lane.