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I-40 Tractor-Trailer Fatality

20 June 2006 MVA
Shortly before 9 am on June 20, 2006, a tractor-trailer hauling wood products left the roadway of west-bound I-40 and rolled over onto its top along the tree-lined median. The Maumelle Fire Department's A-Shift was one of three area departments that responded to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters found the unrestrained driver alive but severely trapped inside.
   

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20 June 2006 MVA
Even after firefighters forced their way into the cab and cut away part of the tractor's interior with hydraulic rescue tools (Jaws of Life), they found the driver to still be pinned by the wreckage. After more than an hour was spent trying to free him, the driver died from his injuries before he could be extricated from the truck.
   

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20 June 2006 MVA
In all, Maumelle Engine 1, Oak Grove Rescue 1 and North Little Rock Engine 8 & Rescue 1 responded to the scene with multiple units from Metropolitan EMS, a helicopter from Air-Evac and numerous other units -- including Pulaski County Haz-Mat.
   

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20 June 2006 MVA
Maumelle firefighters were on scene for nearly three hours. The accident shut down west-bound traffic on I-40 for much of the morning and caused travel delays through the evening rush hour.
   

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20 June 2006 MVA

No part of the home was spared from fire damage. From bystander reports, the fire was well involved even before the first 911 call was received by Maumelle Police & Fire dispatch.
   

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