Semi-truck crash with school van kills 5 and injures 5 more in Arkansas

DERMOTT, Ark. – Police say five are dead and five others are injured after a semi-truck collided with a school van in southeast Arkansas.

Police say the crash occured Monday afternoon on U.S. 65 in rural Chicot County.

According to the crash report, a semi-truck carrying cooking oil struck a van that failed to yield while crossing the highway. Police say the van belonged to C.B. King Memorial School, an organization that serves disabled adults in southeast Arkansas.

Officers stated the five people killed in the crash ranged from 19 to 73. The drivers of both vehicles were injured, along with three other passengers in the van, state police said.

The National Transportation Safety Board says they are coordinating with Arkansas State Police Officers to conduct a safety investigation.

The crash occurred south of Dermott, which is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock in the Mississippi River Delta region.


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