Authorities are investigating a crash in southeastern Arkansas that killed five people and injured another five after a large truck collided with a van belonging to a school for adults with disabilities.
The accident happened Monday afternoon on US 65 when the 15-passenger van failed to yield as it crossed the highway in rural Chicot County and collided with a truck carrying cooking oil, Arkansas state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Tuesday.
“At this point in the investigation, it appears that the driver of the van did not see oncoming traffic,” Sadler said Tuesday morning.
The front of the 18-wheeler hit the right side of the school bus, knocking both vehicles off the highway and on the side of the road, according to a copy of the accident report.
Sadler said the van belonged to CB King Memorial School, a nonprofit that according to its website provides services in several counties of Arkansas to people with developmental delays or disabilities.
More top news:Deadliest weekend in US for mass shootings this year: 3 days, many guns, 17 fatalities
Trending Now: Instagram Adoption: How social media has influenced the way people adopt children
The three men and two women who died in the accident ranged in age from 19 to 73, police said. The drivers of both vehicles were injured, along with three other passengers in the van.
“Our CB King Family hurts tonight,” the school’s program director, Lora Medina, said in a statement Monday. “We don’t have the words right now to express our pain. The Adult Center in Arkansas City will be closed for now while we process what happened.”
The condition of those injured in the accident was not yet known on Tuesday.
State police are planning to have a reconstruction team analyze the crash and determine how it could have happened, Sadler said.
The crash happened south of Dermott, about 100 miles southeast of Little Rock in the Mississippi River Delta region.
Contributions: The Associated Press