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Identity released of driver in fatal accident on I-440

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- After shutting down all east bound traffic on Interstate 440 for nearly seven hours Wednesday a tragic accident continues to have witnesses shaken up by what they saw, turning a normal workday into a tragedy they'll never forget.

Burn marks, ashes and a gaping hole in the concrete median on I-440 are all that's left of a fatal accident from just a day earlier.

State police told Channel Seven that preliminary reports tell that a Chevy Impala started going into reverse on the interstate when a semi-truck collided with it, bursting into flames. Immediately after, another truck hit the two vehicles, causing additional damage.

The fatal crash summary Thursday identified the man that died in the accident was identified as 60-year-old Terry Harrell of Jacksonville.

A witness we spoke to Thursday said after the vehicles can to a halt, several of them realized a man was trapped inside one of the semi-trucks.

"About that time that's when you could see his hands coming out of the door. It was just awful," said James Boggs, who was working near the crash scene.

Boggs said he watched as others closer to the vehicle tried to break the glass with concrete blocks broken off the media. Several attempts went unsuccessful before flames became unbearable.

"The flames were so big and just it was bad," Boggs added. "The tires were exploding. It was just a huge fire."

Boggs said seeing that man trapped inside that vehicle with no way to get him out has been on his mind all day.

"It was just tough. I wouldn't' want to experience it again," he said.

We attempted to speak to the men who were fighting to get Harrell out of that burning truck, but they said it was just too emotional to speak about.

This accident remains under investigation.

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