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Fiery wrong-way crash on I-40 kills several New Orleans area motorcyclists

Authorities say a driver of a pickup truck was driving east in the westbound lanes on the interstate before slamming into a group of motorcycles.

MULBERRY, Arkansas — Three people were killed and six others were injured in a fiery wrong-way crash on Interstate 40 north of Mulberry Ark. on Thursday. The three people killed and four others injured in the crash were motorcyclists from southeast Louisiana.

Authorities say a driver of a pickup truck was driving east in the westbound lanes on the interstate before slamming into a group of motorcyclists. It's still unclear what caused the pickup truck to cross the grassy median of the interstate.

Adam Walker told 5NEWS he was moments away from being in the crash when he saw a white truck going the wrong way and crash into the motorcycles, causing an explosion.

Arkansas State Police have identified three motorcycle riders that were killed as

  • 46-year-old Leonard Lemar, Jr. of Slidell, La.
  • 44-year-old Patrica Lemar of Slidell, La.
  • 50-year-old Malinda Shano of Terrytown, La.

Four other individuals from southeast Louisiana were also injured in the crash. Those individuals were identified as:

  • 48-year-old Larry Alexie of Lafitte, La.
  • 44-year-old Robert Day of Gretna, La.
  • 42-year-old Jennifer Couvillon of Lafitte, La.
  • 49-year-old Derrick Reynolds of Slidell, La.

Two other individuals, 29-year-old Ivan Santos of Norman, Ok., and 37-year-old Amber Rodgers of Virginia Beach, Va. were also injured.

Multiple helicopters and dozens of first responders were seen at the site of the crash.

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