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Death of man in burning truck an accident: Victim died from smoke inhalation, according to autopsy results

Death of man in burning truck an accident: Victim died from smoke inhalation, according to autopsy results

October 26th, 2017 by Jim Williamson in Texarkana News

The cause of death of a man whose body was found Saturday in a burning truck was smoke inhalation, according to the results of an autopsy.

The man's truck was found about 4 a.m. Saturday on Arkansas Highway 32 in Little River County east of Ashdown.

"The pickup appears to have been hung up on a fence post. With the friction of the spinning tires and the grass and weeds it doesn't take much to cause a fire," said

Little River County Sheriff Bobby Walraven.

The man's body was sent to the Arkansas State Police Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy.

The death was ruled accidental, Walraven said. The case has been closed.

"I wanted to be cautious and wanted the state police to investigate," he said.

The person who reported the accident said the pickup's rear wheels were spinning.

"It looks like the driver was trying to turn around and got hung up on a stump and fence post," Walraven said.

The next of kin has been notified, but the name will not be released to the public until the DNA test is complete.

"It's another tragedy," Walraven said.

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