JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police and fire officials responded to a “very serious crash” on Southwest Drive involving several large trucks.
The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Kellers Chapel Road.
Jeff Presley, Jonesboro & Craighead County E911 director, tells Region 8 News that at least one person was ejected from a vehicle. At least two ambulances were called to the scene. No word on how many people were hurt or the severity of their injuries.
Corporal David McDaniel, public information officer for the Jonesboro Police Department, said preliminary evidence indicated a southbound 18-wheeler ran the red light at the intersection.
A city sanitation truck headed east on Kellers Chapel Road was then hit by the 18 wheeler. The trailer then detached and struck four other cars stopped at the light, McDaniel said.
Although several people were taken to local hospitals, McDaniel told Region 8 News their injuries did not appear to be severe and everyone was “talking and alert.”
According to city officials, two sanitation workers were among the injured:
Police officers shut down the road, and rerouted traffic at Parker Road as crews worked to clear the scene.
Presley said the crash caused “major traffic issues.” As of 10:25 a.m., nearly two hours after the crash, police were preparing to reopen the road.