Two pedestrians were killed and two others were among three people injured in a traffic accident in Northwest Arkansas Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred on Interstate 40 near Mulberry in Franklin County at about 12:30 p.m.

According to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police, William Burrow, 59, of Bald Knob, Jesse Lowery, 39, of Copan, Oklahoma and Clint Jones, 39, of Dewey, Oklahoma had parked their vehicle on the north shoulder of the highway and had gone to assist the driver of a vehicle that had been involved in a prior accident that was on the south shoulder of the highway.

A fourth person, Clarissa Hobbs, 38, of Fort Eustis, Virginia had parked her vehicle on the south shoulder and also got out to help when all four were struck when a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche that was westbound struck the vehicle the pedestrians were attempting to assist and pushed it into them.

Burrow and Lowery were killed and Jones, Hobbs and Wanda Sarver, 56, of Whitley City, Kentucky, who was the driver of the 2020 Ford Focus that had been involved in the prior accident were injured and taken to hospitals in Fort Smith.

It was raining and the roadway was wet at the time of the accident.