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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — I-40 east in West Memphis was closed Wednesday after a crash involving several 18-wheelers, a pick-up truck and a Highway Patrol vehicle. Two people, Robert Billings and Iketha Winchester, were killed. Billings was driving a van, Winchester a semi. Three people were taken to the hospital, including a child. Injured were Ralph Herring, Brian Tapley, Louis Hatchett and Robert Hale. Investigators said the child was with her mother when the crash happened. The Highway Patrol officer was not seriously injured. The crash happened on I-40 near the I-55 split headed to Memphis near the Missouri exit, two miles before the construction zone. “Apparently an 18 wheeler clipped a vehicle and hit a couple of others and wound up bursting into flames,” said West Memphis Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Jones. Detectives also think the construction zone and bad weather played a part. Traffic was at a stand-still in the east bound lanes for several hours and backed up 20 miles. “From here to there, I went about four miles. It took me five hours,” said Ted Li who got stuck in the mess. Hazmat crews worked throughout the night cleaning up diesel fuel and hazardous materials, like paint thinners and acid, that spilled from one of the semi-trucks. No names or conditions have been released.