Mississippi trucker died in a three-truck accident March 13 at a
backed-up weigh station in Arkansas.
Spight, 43, of Blue Mountain, MS, died when his tractor-trailer
hit a truck at the entrance to the I-30 westbound weigh station
near mile marker 26 in Hope, AR, at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, according
to Trooper Keith Sullivan of Arkansas State Police Troop G.
told Sullivan truck traffic was backed up on the weigh station entrance
ramp at the time of the accident.
trucks were exiting I-30 to enter the weigh station, authorities
say Spight’s rig rear-ended another semi driven by Albert Kerr of
Ontario, Canada. As a result, Kerr’s rig rear-ended another tractor-trailer
driven by Merino Verdin of Plainville, IL.
to the Hope Star, Kerr was taken to Wadley Regional Medical
in Texarkana, AR, where he was treated and released.
newspaper reported westbound traffic on I-30 was blocked for more
than two hours, with a detour rerouting traffic through Hope on
U.S. 67 to Fulton near mile marker 18.
weigh scale officer at the westbound scale in Hope said trucks are
not waved through because the weigh scale entrance lane only gets
backed up when truckers aren’t paying attention or if a truck stalls.
He added that when truck traffic does get backed up, the rigs wait
in the bypass lane on the side of the interstate.
and many truckers have been concerned about scale backups for several
years. In 1998, Land Line published a special report titled
“Sitting ducks?” about scale backups.
in the travel lane poses real danger,” OOIDA Executive Vice President
Todd Spencer told Land Line in 1998. “Common sense tells
you, not to mention the law – it’s not safe to park on the highway
in the travel lane.”
trucks are queued up into moving traffic, it’s dangerous for anyone
traveling on the highway,” OOIDA member Robert Johnston of Colorado
told Land Line. “It’s dangerous for truckers and dangerous
Line’s 1998 research showed all but a handful of states require
you to enter the weigh scale even if congestion is heavy. There
is no federal law that pre-empts that rule; it is at the discretion
of the office on call.
trucker told Land Line, “Trucks backed up out on the road
is a whole lot more dangerous than not catching a truck that might
be a little over on an axle.”
Rene Tankersley, feature editor