Driver killed when truck explodes on Arkansas highway

Driver killed when truck explodes on Arkansas highway

OUACHITA COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - Authorities are investigating a fatal truck explosion Wednesday morning on an Arkansas highway.

According to Arkansas State Police, the remains of 63-year-old Randall McDougal, of El Dorado, Ark., were recovered from the site along U.S. Highway 278 west of Camden, east of the Nevada-Ouachita county line near Arkansas Highway 57.

Area fire crews were notified around 6:40 a.m. that the commercial carrier truck’s brakes were on fire and McDougal was attempting to extinguish the blaze.

The first fire department on the scene began evacuating nearby residents, who reportedly witnessed McDougal return to the truck when it exploded.

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A large hole was caused by the explosion and the highway remains closed at this time.

This is a developing story. KSLA will keep you updated as details become available.

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