Arkansas trucker killed when another trucker bails out

| 3/19/2007

A 28-year-old Arkansas trucker was killed Friday when his truck was hit

head-on by a straight truck whose driver reportedly jumped out of just before the collision.

The crash happened on Highway 67-167 in Searcy, AR, located to the northeast of Little Rock.

Police told KTHV-TV the driver of the straight truck - which was carrying cylinders of pressurized gas - mistakenly thought his truck was on fire and jumped out while it was still moving.

His truck then collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Charles Inloes Junior of Batesville, AR.

Inloes was killed. The other driver - Woodzell Harris of Little Rock - suffered minor injuries, according to local media reports.