Body recovered from Arkansas River after man flees crash, jumps into water

North Little Rock and Little Rock fire departments are working to recover a body from the Arkansas River after a person involved in a wreck on Interstate 30 reportedly jumped into the river on Thursday afternoon. (KATV Photo)

UPDATE-- The Pulaski County Coroner attempted to talk the man out of jumping into the frigid Arkansas River.

Gerone Hobbs was driving back from Jacksonville when he encountered the multi-vehicle accident on the Interstate 30 bridge.

Hobbs says he chased after the man who Arkansas State Police (ASP) indicated sparked the crash.

He was unable to persuade the man from getting off the dock and not jumping into the river.

ASP remains the lead investigating agency.

"It's tragic. It doesn't happen often so it heightens our senses when it does so our criminal investigation division is going to step in and just look at the totality of the circumstances try to piece together the puzzle for us," said Sgt. Cody Wilson of ASP.


Authorities recovered a body from the Arkansas River after a person involved in a wreck on the Interstate 30 bridge reportedly jumped into the water Thursday afternoon.

Arkansas State Police say there were two vehicles involved in the initial crash, which caused a chain reaction of crashes.

According to witnesses, a person ran away from the crash, went down to the boat ramp and jumped in the river. The Little Rock and North Little Rock fire departments were called to search the waters.

Authorities say the person who fled the scene left a child in the car. Police are working to identify a custodian of the child, who is currently in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation says the roadway has since reopened, and although traffic is flowing again, ARDOT advises drivers to consider taking Interstate 440 to get over the river.

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