ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Harding University has announced that a student involved in the multiple accidents on I-30 in Arkadelphia Saturday has died.
The school said Kailey Massey, 20, died early Saturday evening from injuries sustained in the accident. Massey was returning to campus for the spring semester from her hometown in Spring, Texas.
Massey was a junior communication sciences and disorders major at the University and a member of Delta Nu women's social club.
Arkansas State Police (ASP) records indicate that her Lexus crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler. She was pronounced dead at the scene by coroner Tim Welch, and the other driver was uninjured.
An original accident that had snarled traffic on I-30 near Arkadelphia caused even more accidents. According to ASP, the original accident happened early Saturday afternoon at the 74 mile marker in the eastbound lane; that lane completely shut down while officers and cleanup crews worked the site.
The main problem was that more accidents were occurring as cleanup happened. An ASP dispatcher said more wrecks occurred along the route, and crews were trying to clear those accidents up as well, leading to more congestion along the eastbound lane.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's IDriveArkansas website (http://on.kthv.com/1crvmpP) indicated that traffic was stopped back to the 73 mile marker.
The average speed of drivers coming up to the accident was an average of 10 miles per hour on Highways 8 and 51, and traffic was even stopped on Highway 67, according to the new traffic feature on THV11's iPad app (http://on.kthv.com/1exn0xR).
ASP could not confirm the number of cars involved in the accident, or what caused it.
We will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as it becomes available on THV11 and on THV11.com.