Corning man killed in semi-truck crash

UPDATE: Coroner called to ‘very serious crash’ on Hwy. 49

GREENE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A Corning man died Tuesday after a crash involving two semis on Highway 49.

According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary crash report, Marvin Cobb, 80, of Corning was traveling southbound in the outside lane on Highway 49 in a 1994 Freightliner just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

The report states Cobb veered into the left crossing into the northbound lane, striking the driver’s side of a 2000 Freightliner, driven by Jason Duke, 37, of Paragould.

ASP reports the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time of the crash.

Jeff Presley, E911 director, reported the crash around 11 a.m. Tuesday at County Road 751 and Hwy. 49. That is located at the Craighead-Greene County line near Greene Road 751.

Two large trucks, one hauling grain and another hauling fertilizer, collided. A fire reportedly broke out immediately following the collision.

In addition to police and emergency medical officers, the coroner and hazmat crews were also dispatched to the scene.

The crash shut down the highway. By 11:30 a.m., northbound traffic was reduced to one lane on the southbound side.

Carolyn Hayes dialed 911 after hearing the “explosion.”

“I looked out on the highway and all I could see was a cloud of smoke in my yard all the way out to the highway. I couldn’t see anything of the highway,” she said. “There are so many cars and they’re all going to fast that if they have a wreck, it’s usually bad.”

This was the second crash within two hours Tuesday on the highway. Earlier, a crash south of Brookland shut down the roadway.

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