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Fatal crash on Arkansas highway leaves four dead

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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - Two people from Hot Springs, AR and two other from the Dallas area died in a fiery multi-vehicle, chain reaction crash on I-30 Tuesday morning.

The accident happened about 2:30 am just outside of Texarkana, AR near a section of the interstate that's under construction.

According to crash investigators, two 18-wheelers, the car and the truck were stopped on the interstate because of the road construction when a third semi failed to stop, rear-ended the car, and caught on fire. The car ended up crushed between two of the 18-wheelers.

43-year-old Vaughn Gentry of Dallas and 51-year-old Albert Pruitt of Addison died in the truck that caught fire. 77-year-old Walter Carpenter and 64-year-old Victory Barker of Hot Springs, were in the car that was crushed.

AR State Police say the truck that caught on fire was hauling newspaper advertising inserts.

Two other people involved in the crash suffered unknown injuries.

At one point emergency workers were using a bulldozer on the remains of the 18-wheeler and car to make sure there are no more victims.

Traffic was shut down in both lanes for several hours while the accident was cleaned up.

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