BRYANT, Ark. — Two people are dead after a FedEx truck veered out of its lane and hit a vehicle that had been stopped by a Bryant police officer.
Around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Bryant Officer Seth Wakefield conducted a routine traffic stop on I-30 Eastbound around the 123-mile marker while working with the DWI Task Force. This is a state funded task force that allows officers to look for any individuals that might be driving while impaired.
Officer Wakefield noticed a vehicle that had defective equipment and conducted the stop. The vehicle was then pulled over on the inside lane next to the center median wall. Once the stop was completed, Officer Wakefield returned to his patrol unit.
After the stop, the two cars were struck by a FedEx truck, which resulted in the two deaths.
Officer Wakefield sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Saline Memorial Hospital.
All lane of I-30 reopened around 8:30 a.m.