Traffic was tied up on both sides of Interstate 85 on Tuesday morning after a fiery, tractor-trailer crash that resulted in the death of one woman occurred after 11 a.m.
Bystanders on the scene report seeing a tractor-trailer with its front end demolished and the remnants of a small, mangled and burned red car. Both the tractor-trailer and the car had been fully engulfed in flames at one point during the crash.
The truck driver was able to escape the flames just in time; however, the woman in the red car was not so fortunate and was killed in the wreck.
All northbound lanes of Interstate 85 near the Little Rock Road exit were shut down for over two hours.
Authorities commented that it was not yet clear whether charges will be filed.
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A missing persons case came to a tragic end late Tuesday night when an elderly woman was struck and killed along Interstate 85.
The crash occurred around midnight along the southbound land of I-85 near Freedom Drive. Authorities say that the 76-year-old woman, who was in the early stages of dementia, was struck and killed just an hour after being reported missing.
The woman was last seen leaving her home, and told neighbors she was going to get her nails done.
She was later spotted by a driver walking into oncoming traffic before she was struck. According to State Highway Patrol, she was hit by two semi trucks traveling southbound. The drivers told authorities that the woman appeared out of nowhere, and that they attempted to swerve, but there was no time. Authorities say that there was nothing the drivers could have done to avoid the crash.
Troopers believe that the woman was disoriented and did not know where she was. According to the woman’s two sons, she had been to the neurologist just last Tuesday at the hospital.
No charges are being filed against the drivers who hit the woman.
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