Video: One killed in I-40 wreck near Menifee

An Oxford, Miss. man was killed in a two-vehicle accident just after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40 near exit 117 at Menifee in Conway County.

According to a fatal crash summary released Tuesday night by Cpl. Brigham Jones with the Arkansas State Police, Richard L. Barnes, 58, was killed when his 2011 Subaru crossed the median, striking a 2002 Kenworth semi in the westbound lane.

It is unknown whether Barnes was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. 

The driver of the semi, a 25-year-old from Moreno Valley, Calif., was uninjured and was wearing a seat belt.

Law enforcement officers with the Conway County Sheriff's Office and Menifee Police Department, and first responders with Med-Tech EMS out of Morrilton assisted ASP at the scene.

Traffic was backed up for hours following the accident, and witnesses reported that vehicles were using the Menifee exit to circumvent the wreckage.

Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene by a Conway County deputy coroner.

Conditions at the time of the accident were noted as clear and dry.


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