House Burns in Beebe after 18-Wheeler Leaves Highway, Enters Home

AUGUST 30, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

BEEBE, AR - No one was seriously injured when a flaming tractor-trailer left an expressway near Beebe and slammed into a home, catching it on fire.

Rick and Edna Fisher were asleep in their home near U.S. 67-167 early Monday when a tractor-trailer driven by 70-year-old Verlin Dean Boldry of Cleburne, Texas, left the highway.  Boldry and his wife Judith suffered minor injuries when the truck hit the Fisher's carport.

Police said Boldry's truck left the four-lane, divided highway after the truck collided with another 18-wheeler in the northbound lanes of U.S. 67-167.  The right front tire on Boldry's truck caught fire in the wreck and ignited a fuel tank as the truck careened toward the Fishers' home.

The fire burned both of the Fishers' vehicles and left wildlife confused.  Afterward, Mrs. Fisher was concerned about the wildlife, pointing out a hummingbird she said was left looking for a place to land, but couldn't find one because all the hummingbird feeders were burned up.

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