Despite having no one behind the wheel, a classic Corvette still managed to be involved in a deadly crash in Arkansas on Friday morning.
What appears to be a 1956 or 1957 Corvette (white with red coves) was being hauled westbound on I-30 in an enclosed trailer behind a 2015 Ford pickup when the truck left the right side of the roadway and ran into a tree.
The impact with the tree stopped the pickup, but the trailer kept moving at highway speed and hit the back of the truck, going over the bed, crushing the cab and killing the driver, 60-year-old Gary Douglas Erpenbach of Nolanville, Texas.
The accident happened just before the Highway 270 exits on Interstate 30, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Terry May.
The victim was extricated from the vehicle by Malvern and Rockport Fire Troops.
At the accident scene, Rockport Police Corporal Joe Duboise told Arkansas 911 News reporter Paul Maddox that one of his concerns is drivers not paying attention. As they were talking, the two men witnessed drivers rubbernecking and even taking photos and videos with their cell phones, leading Duboise to issue at least a pair of tickets for distracted driving.
The accident demolished the pickup, and the Corvette appears to have at least suffered front-end damage from the impact.
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