• Dennis McCaslin

Franklin County law enforcement makes arrest in Wednesday deadly I40 tanker crash

Law enforcement officials in Franklin County have arrested a 43-year-iold Ozark man in connecting with the deadly accident on I40 Wednesday that took the life of a Russellville truck driver.

Police have arrested Douglas Shave Darr of Ozark for Causing and Accident that Involves Death or Injury, Failure to Register Vehicle and No Proof of Liability Insurance after the Wednesday morning wreck that caused the death of 59-year-old James Rotenbury of Ozark.

Rotenbury was driving a 2019 International Harvester hauling diesel fuel eastbound o I40 near the 35 mile-marker when a vehicle allegedly driven by Darr pulled out in front of the truck from a on ramp. Rotenbury tried to take corrective action and swerve to the left, running off the roadway.

The tanker then re-entered the road from the north ditch and tried to steer back into the lane but the tanker overturned and caught fire. Rotenbury was pronounced dead at the scene.

Under Arkansas law, being responsible for an accident that causes injury or death under certain criteria is a Class D Felony.

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