Nashville, Ark., man dies in truck collision
A 57-year-old Nashville, Ark., man is dead after a collision between two 18 wheelers early Thursday, an official said.
Lonnie William Warmick, was driving a logging truck southbound on U.S. Highway 59 about 7 a.m. Thursday when it collided with a flat-bed trailer attempting to turn around to go northbound, said Trooper Sylvia Jennings, DPS spokesman.
The accident occured at mile marker 224 south of the Sulphur River, she said.
Warmick was driving a truck from Buster Roberts Logging Inc., out of Dierks, Ark., and was in the left lane southbound, Jennings said.
A 2013 Peterbilt flat-bed truck, driven by Brian Lee Miller, 29, from Gardner, Kan., was also travelling southbound. He also had a passenger, Edward Ray Dawson, 33.
"They told the trooper they had been on the shoulder to look at a permit or a map and realized they needed to turn around. They were slowly moving in the right lane and then getting into the left lane," Jennings said.
Miller told the trooper everything was clear as he was attempting to make the lane change.
The company Miller was hauling for was ATS Specialized out of Gary Ind., Jennings said.
The truck driven by Miller was hauling an oversized load, Jennings said.
Warmick apparently saw the truck driven by Miller attempting to get into the left lane to make the turn around.
"At some point, he (Warmick) realizes they are making a turn around so he veers to the to right to avoid hitting the truck or trailer," Jennings said.
The truck driven by Warmick struck the part of the truck driven by Miller that was hauling the load. The truck driven by Warmick then went into the ditch, Jennings said.
The incident was dispatched to DPS officials about 7:07 a.m. and remains under investigation, Jennings said.