Two Lives Lost in 5-Vehicle Collision on I-40

59-year-old Mary D. Masi (Soddy Daisy, Tennessee) and 59-year-old Donald C. Swofford (Waynesboro, Tennessee) were both fatally injured in an accident that took place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

At approximately 4:22 a.m. Ms. Masi and Mr. Swofford were traveling west on Interstate 40 near mile marker 72. Several vehicles were stopped ahead on Interstate 40 due to a previous accident including four vehicles involved in the accident (2018 International semi-truck, 2015 Volvo semi-truck, 2009 International semi-truck, 2017 International semi-truck).

Ms. Masi and Mr. Swofford’s 18-wheeler (2020 Freightliner semi-truck) rear-ended one 18-wheeler before “swerving out of control” and sideswiping a 2nd 18-wheeler. Their semi-truck rear-ended another 18-wheeler causing another collision before Ms. Masi and Mr. Swofford’s trailer detached from their semi-truck and overturned before colliding with a second trailer causing both trailers to catch fire.

56-year-old Darrel A. Miller (Ward, AR) was injured in the accident.

Those involved were transported with injuries to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Conditions were reportedly clear and dry.

Additional Details: Arkansas State Police Preliminary Fatal Accident Report

For more information about obtaining a full copy of the crash report: How to Obtain a Police Report in AR

Accident Location: Interstate 40 (near mile marker 72), London, Arkansas, Pope County:

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