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Accident Report Detail

Multiple Vehicle Collision with Fire during Fog near Milepost 118 on Interstate 40

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 1:50 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 1995, a multiple-vehicle rear-end collision occurred during localized fog at milepost 118 on Interstate 40 near Menifee, Arkansas. The collision sequence initiated when an uninvolved vehicle and the accident lead vehicle entered dense fog. As the lead vehicle reportedly slowed from 65 miles per hour (mph) to between 35 and 40 mph, it was struck in the rear. Subsequent collisions occurred as vehicles drove into the wreckage area at speeds varying from 15 to 60 mph. The accident eventually involved eight loaded truck tractor semitrailer combinations and one light-duty delivery van. Eight vehicles were occupied by a driver only, and one vehicle had a driver and a codriver. Three truckdrivers, the codriver, and the van driver were killed. One truckdriver received a minor injury, and four truckdrivers were not injured.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was that many of the drivers entered the area of dense fog at speeds that precluded successful evasive action to avoid the preceding or the stopped vehicles.

Accident Location: Menifee , AR    
Accident Date: 1/9/1995
Accident ID: CRH95MH007

Date Adopted: 12/4/1995
NTSB Number: HAR-95-03
NTIS Number: PB95-916203

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