updated 11/26/2007 8:02:25 AM ET 2007-11-26T13:02:25

A passenger bus collided with a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer rig in northeastern Arkansas, killing three people.

The Tornado Bus Co. bus was westbound on Interstate 40 around 10 p.m. Sunday when it veered across the median into eastbound lanes. State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the bus slammed into the oncoming pickup, then the 18-wheeler slammed into the bus, Arkansas State Police said.

Authorities said the pickup's driver Danny Okurily, 40, of Hot Springs, Ark., was killed, as were two bus passengers. Their identities haven't been released.

Bus driver Felix Tapia, 28, of Brownsville, Texas, and tractor-trailer driver David Rice, 45, of Mars Hill, N.C., suffered minor injuries.

State Police haven't said how many others were injured, but Sadler says a Tornado Bus manifest listed 44 passengers and a driver aboard the bus headed from Chicago to Dallas. The accident happened 10 miles east of Forrest City.

Telephone calls to Tornado Bus offices in Dallas found full voice mail accounts.

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