5 dead, 5 injured when van collides with truck in Arkansas

DERMOTT, Ark. >> Five people were killed and five others injured after a large truck collided with a van belonging to a school for adults with disabilities in southeast Arkansas, authorities said.

The accident happened on Monday afternoon on US 65 when the 15-passenger van failed to yield while crossing US 65 in rural Chicot County and collided with a truck carrying cooking oil, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said today.

Sadler said the van belonged to CB King Memorial School, a nonprofit that provides services in several southeastern Arkansas counties to people with developmental delays or disabilities, according to its website. .

“Our CB King family is hurting tonight,” the school’s director of programs, Lora Medina, said in a statement Monday. “We don’t have the words right now to express our pain. The Arkansas City Adult Center will be closed for the time being while we process what happened.

Those killed in the crash were Regina Jackson, 65; Terry King, 56; Tommy figurines, 50; and Brayshawn Ranson, 19, all of Dermott; and Geraldine Prewitt, 73, of McGehee, state police said. The drivers of both vehicles were injured, along with three other passengers in the van, police said.

State police will dispatch a reconstruction team to determine what led to the collision, Sadler said.

“At this stage of the investigation, it appears that the driver of the van did not see the oncoming traffic,” Sadler said today morning.

The National Transportation Safety Board also said it would investigate.

The crash happened south of Dermott, about 100 miles southeast of Little Rock in the Mississippi Delta region.

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