NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: The Arkansas Department of Public Safety says that the victim of yesterday’s vehicle fire is William Hollingsworth, 40, of Owasso, Oklahoma.
An initial narrative says that vehicle two, a freightliner, was getting up to speed after entering the highway from the shoulder. Vehicle one, a box truck that Hollingsworth was driving, failed to slow down in time and the front of the vehicle collided with the rear of a trailer being towed by vehicle two.
Vehicle one caught fire and was fully engulfed soon after.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: Gallatin Fire Department has confirmed one person dead. The fire department is still on the scene as they hand the investigation to Arkansas State Police.
Chief Don Lawson expects the scene to be cleared within the next hour.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — The Arkansas Department of Transportation reported a vehicle fire eastbound on Highway 412 at 4:50 a.m.
The incident has not cleared and the ARDOT map shows backed cars for miles as first responders block the area of the incident.
As of 7:30 a.m., the incident has not been cleared. Injuries have been reported.