Two students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff were killed in a three-vehicle traffic accident near Bryant early Wednesday morning.
University Police Chief Maxie Thomas III identified the students as Adriana Greenwood, 23, of Point Blank, Texas and Treylin Crawford, 19, of North Little Rock.
Greenwood and Crawford were passengers in a 2015 Nissan driven by Andre Harris, 19, also of Point Blank, Texas that was east bound on I-30 at about 1:52 a.m.
Harris and two others, Roshannon Dunnigan, 37, of Shreveport, Louisiana and Seth Wakfield, 26, a Bryant Police officer from Alexander were injured in the accident and taken to Saline Memorial Hospital.
Bryant Police said Wednesday that Wakefield was treated and released.
According to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police, Wakefield had stopped the car driven by Harris on the east shoulder of Interstate 530 near the 123 exit. A 2016 Volvo Tractor-Trailer driven by Dunnigan and owned by FedEx Ground that was also east bound crossed the painted divider lines and hit both vehicles that were stopped on the shoulder. The collision caused the tractor-trailer and the Nissan to catch on fire.
In a letter to the campus community Wednesday afternoon, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander expressed his condolences for the deaths of the students.
A press release from UAPB said Dr. Alexander reached out to family members of both students to express the love and support our UAPB family shares with them during this trying time. Counselors will be available to students, faculty, and staff for those experiencing anguish and distress over this tremendous loss.
“There are no further details at this time, but we will continue to keep you informed as we work to move through this period of grieving,“ Alexander said. “May we all unite as a UAPB family to show support for the loved ones of these students and gain strength as a Golden Lion community.”
University officials said Thursday Harris is not a student.
FedEx Ground released a statement in regard to the accident: “First and foremost we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the individuals involved in this incident. Safety is our highest priority and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.”