One of two killed Monday, when a semi’s trailer became disconnected on a state highway in Conway County, was auxiliary Faulkner County Rescue Squad member Kevin Whitbey.
Whitbey, 43, of Morrilton, was traveling south on State Highway 95, two miles north of Interstate 40 at 6:40 a.m. when the trailer of a northbound semi became disconnected and crossed into the southbound lane, striking Whitbey’s vehicle and another, according to a preliminary report posted Monday afternoon by Arkansas State Police.
Rogelio Morales, 24, of Springfield, was also killed in the crash when the trailer hit both men’s vehicles, according to the report.
The report states Whitbey’s vehicle, a 1985 Chevy pickup truck, overturned after impact. Morales’ vehicle, listed as a 1996 Lincoln, came to rest in a ditch, the report states.
Whitbey was listed as wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and Morales was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.
The driver of the semi was reportedly uninjured.
Sherri Proctor, Whitbey’s partner on squad, said he was a certified diver, first responder, National Association of Search and Rescue member, and a "volunteer to the community and anyone in need."
Squad commander Tim Tyler said Whitbey has worked with the squad in car extrication, trench and water rescues.
Tyler said he was a "very active member."
Whitbey was on the squad for thee years, according to Proctor.
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