Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

GUERNSEY, AR – A 26-year-old Louisiana man was killed in a crash just west of the 21 mile marker on I-30 West Thursday afternoon.

According to the Arkansas State Police, Matthew Pusateri, of Lafayette, LA, died around 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 when he failed to stop and crashed into the back of a trailer pulled by a Freightliner belonging to U.S. Express. The tractor-trailer was stopped in the right-hand lane due to traffic congestion caused by construction on the interstate. Pusateri’s 2006 Toyota Tundra struck the rear of the trailer and caught fire, burning up the Toyota and the trailer. The driver of the Freightliner. He disconnected the truck from the trailer and pulled it away from the fire.

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, Hempstead County Deputies, Cross Roads Fire Department, Guernsey Fire Department and Pafford EMS responded to the scene.

The crash closed down both westbound lanes while the fire was extinguished, the crash investigated and the highway cleared. Traffic  up at least seven miles at one point.

State Police Corporal David Hamilton investigated the crash with the assistance of several other State Police, Highway Police and Hempstead County Deputies.

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