Icy Roads Halt Traffic On I-40 In Arkansas

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(WREG-TV) Traveling on the roads in Arkansas on Monday was like driving on a slip-and-slide as drivers lost control and ended up in ditched.

Big rigs also caused delays that lasted for hours.

There was no such thing as a blacktop on I-40 in Arkansas - the entire road was covered in a white sheet of ice.

"You can't see the stripes anywhere," said Rick Brown.

Brown was working to inch his way to Knoxville, Tenn.

"We have a family emergency we have to go tend to," he said.

"We were traveling last night and it was snowing, sleeting, and raining." Brown explained. "We just stopped back here, got a room thing morning, and we've been about five miles."

What had I-40 looking like a parking lot?

"We did get a report of an 18-wheeler that was on I-40 and that it did have the roads shut down for a while," said Kathy Wright, Public Information Officer for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

That incident was on Sunday night, but it happened all over again Monday.

A tractor trailer stuck in the middle of the road causing traffic to be backed up for miles.

Further down the slippery, messy road was another truck planted on the side of the interstate.

Incidents like these has state emergency officials asking drivers to stay off of the road.

"Travel is not advised," Wright warned. "It's slick. So we're recommending that they please stay inside and not get out on the roads."

However, when there is a family emergency, Brown says you have to make your way.

"Well, we were going 25 miles an hour. So it's gonna take a long time," he said.

1 Comment

  • Ed Reincke

    After the lights went out in Tunica MS, I got a room in Horn Lake MS. First thing Monday morning I called AR Highway Patrol and was told by a human being that except for patches of ice on the bridges and overpasses I-40 was fine. Took me 12 hrs to get from Memphis TN to Forrest City AR. So much for calling to get information.

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