Sometime before 7:45 p.m., dispatchers for the Arkansas State Police received a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the southbound side of Interstate 49. Unfortunately, troopers were unable to reach the vehicle before it was involved in a car accident with one other vehicle. The wrong-way driver was killed, and the other driver was injured.
The preliminary investigation conducted by troopers with the Arkansas State Police determined that the 72-year-old driver somehow mistakenly entered the southbound lanes at Exit 81. As he traveled north on the wrong side of the interstate, the unsuspecting driver of another vehicle was traveling south on the interstate. He was unable to avoid colliding with the vehicle head on.