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5 Die in Ark. Logging Truck Crash

October 14, 1997

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) _ The driver of a logging truck apparently lost control and drove across the center line of U.S. 65, smashing into a pickup trying to get on the highway. The truck driver and all four family members in the pickup were killed.

Police identified the logging truck driver as Randall White, 38, of Kingsland.

In the pick were Anthony Boykin, 28, his wife, Susan, 26, and two of their children, Taylor, 4, and Kerri Beth, 4 months. The couple’s nine-year-old son, Anthony, was in school at the time.

Tom Kenley, who works at a mobile home lot next to the highway, said he had just helped the Boykins fill out an application to buy a mobile home just before the 2 p.m. accident.

``They got in their vehicle and pulled up to the highway and I heard someone hitting hard on their brakes,″ Kenley said. ``The next thing I saw was that log truck coming through the ditch and become airborne and then pretty much run right through those folks.″

State police said the logging truck, headed north, crossed the center line and two lanes of southbound traffic before driving through a ditch and colliding with the Boykins’ pickup.

The logging truck finally stopped after striking a mobile home at the lot, police said.

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