Five dead in Arkansas highway wreck

| 7/16/2007

Five people are dead and a truck driver has been arrested following a crash near Pine Bluff, AR, during the weekend.

According to The Associated Press, Roy Lee Jordan, a 57-year-old driver from Benton, MS, is being held without bond after his rig collided with a car driven by an Arkansas woman.

LaKetria Wells was killed in the accident, along with her four children.

Police told The AP they suspect Jordan either fell asleep or lost consciousness before his truck crossed the center lane and hit Wells’ car head-on.

According to the Hattiesburg American, Jordan was a driver for 3J Trucking Company Inc. out of Vaughan, MS. Jimmy Boatner, the company’s owner, said Jordan had a clean driving record as of three months ago, when he was hired.

As of Monday afternoon, police were waiting for toxicology results to determine if alcohol was a factor.

Witnesses reported seeing the rig – which was reportedly hauling dry ice – parked on the side of the road with Jordan slumped over the steering wheel about an hour before the accident.

Jordan was scheduled to appear in court in Jefferson County in Arkansas on Monday.