Highway 67 Accident Kills 2 Including Region 8 Man

INGLESIDE, AR (KAIT) - Around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday the Arkansas State Police were called to a fiery crash on Highway 67 just south of the 74 mile marker.

"It's the worst scene you can possibly pull up on.  There's nothing like it.  I can't explain it.  It's bad," said Cpl. Russel Brinsfield of the Arkansas State Police.

Upon their arrival  to the scene they found an 18-wheeler and a truck belonging to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department buring furiously.

"The 18-wheeler was carrying some kind of metal parts, possible some wheel bearings.   The Highway Department truck was carrying water.  It had a fiberglass carrying tank," said Brinsfield.

According to AHTD, employees were getting ready to wash the bridge stretching over the White River when the accident happened.

While the investigation is not complete by State Police, AHTD employees have their own account of the accident.

"The tractor-trailer rig went into the work zone, through the cones,  into equipment and hit our employee," said Lyndal Waits, the District 5 Engineer for AHTD.

The employee who lost his life was Bruce Fick of Jackson County who was with the AHTD truck at the time of impact.  Three other state workers were further up on the bridge putting out cones.

"People don't realize what our people have to deal with out here maintaining the roads  Even when you are in a secure area, as Bruce thought he was, obviously anything can happen," said Waits.

While no other names have been released it is believe the driver of the 18-wheeler was the other victim in the fatal accident.

The wreck itself is still under investigation.

Bruce Fick leaves behind his wife who is also an employee of AHTD.

Traffic along the affected portion of Highway 67 is being rerouted onto nearby Highway 675.

When more information, including funeral arrangements become available, we will have another update on our website and on the air.

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