Victims identified in fiery multi-vehicle crash on Highway 67

From Region 8 News at Six
Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 2:47 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2023 at 8:19 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas State Police released the names of two people killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on Highway 67.

A crash report from ASP stated that 68-year-old Thomas Blevins, of Logan, Ohio, and 55-year-old Terry Lutz, of Somerset, Ohio, both died in the crash.

According to a fatal crash report released by ASP on Wednesday, Oct. 4, the vehicles were traveling north at the 99-mile marker when smoke from a nearby field fire covered all four lanes.

As vehicles began to enter the smoke, a chain reaction crash occurred involving the 16 vehicles. All involved vehicles came to a final rest on or near the north lanes.

The report said the crash involved 5 commercial and 11 passenger cars.

Six other people were listed as injured on the report: 42-year-old Alfonso Hernandez, of Los Fresnos, Texas, 59-year-old Greg Redford, of Elkville, Illinois, 39-year-old Sara Guajardo, of Painesville, Ohio, 21-year-old Emma Vosburg, of Newark, Arkansas, 45-year-old Brittany Cricher of Newark, Arkansas and 42-year-old Eric Tharp of Newport, Arkansas.

Northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 67 near the 226 interchange were shut down following the multi-vehicle pileup on the afternoon of Oct. 3. All lanes were reopened shortly before 10 p.m.

WATCH: Drone video of the tragedy on Highway 67

Several helicopters responded to a crash on Highway 67 with multiple deaths.
The fiery crash halted traffic in both directions on U.S. Highway 67 near Cash.
The fiery crash halted traffic in both directions on U.S. Highway 67 near Cash.(Arkansas Department of Transportation)

About three helicopters responded to the scene and K8 News Reporter Griffin DeMarrais saw them take off from the scene around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Murphy said one person was airlifted from the scene.

K8 News will continue to follow this story for new details.