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Holiday delays efforts to identify crash victims

Sunday, May 25, 2003

CARLISLE, Ark. -- The identification of five individuals killed in a fiery collision Thursday evening is not being released as law enforcement authorities continue their investigation.

Corporal Ricky Denton of the Arkansas State Police said it will be next week when positive identification can be made by the Arkansas Medical Examiner's Office in Little Rock of the five people killed in a car registered to a Sikeston, Mo., resident. The medical examiner is using fingerprints and dental records to determine the identities.

According to Denton, at 6:35 p.m. on State Highway 13, south of Carlisle in Lonoke County, an accident occurred as a pick-up truck headed northbound crossed over into the southbound lane of the highway, hitting a 1994 Oldsmobile Achieva head-on and causing an explosion.

"It's been a nightmare," said Denton, who worked the scene Friday afternoon. "The five people in the car were burned beyond recognition. We're not releasing names because we're still not sure who they are, but we believe it was a family traveling for the upcoming weekend."

Denton noted due to Memorial Day weekend, the investigation is being put on hold until Tuesday.

The sole survivor of the crash, the driver of the truck who was rescued by a nearby witness, was taken to Baptist Memorial Medical Center in North Little Rock.