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Wrong-way crash on I-40 near Mulberry leads to multiple motorcyclists being killed, state police identify victims

Arkansas State Police have identified the victims in the tragic wrong-way crash on I-40.

MULBERRY, Ark. — A fiery crash on Interstate 40 north of Mulberry, Ark., claimed the lives of three motorcyclists Thursday, May 12. 

Arkansas State Police have identified the three riders that were killed. Six others were injured, including four others on motorcycles. 

Those killed have been identified as:

  • Leonard Lemar, Jr. of Slidell, La. 
  • Patricia Lemar of Slidell, La.
  • Malinda Shano of Terrytown, La. 

The fatality report from state police confirms that the driver of a pickup truck was driving east in the westbound lanes of the interstate and slammed 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 — saw a white truck going the wrong way (not confirmed) and crash into the motorcycles. He and his girlfriend swerved into the ditch to miss the crash. He said it was an explosion on impact and that multiple helicopters and dozens of first responders are at the scene. 

5NEWS has a crew in the area continuing to cover this story today. Check back for updates to this developing story.

Credit: Arkansas Department of Transportation

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