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PHOTOS: I-40 reopens after truck overturns in wreck

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published July 11, 2018 at 8:49 a.m. Updated July 11, 2018 at 11:20 a.m.

11:20 a.m. UPDATE

An overturned truck that forced part of Interstate 40 to close on Wednesday morning has been cleared.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation said shortly before 11:15 a.m. that the eastbound lanes that had been blocked were open, and traffic would "slowly return to normal" in the area.

10:05 a.m. UPDATE

The left lane of eastbound Interstate 40 east of Brinkley is now open after a truck overturned there earlier Wednesday.

No one was injured in the crash, which blocked both lanes and the shoulder for a time.

There was no estimate on when the second lane and shoulder would be cleared.

The Arkansas Online live traffic map continued to show a significant backup in the area.

EARLIER:

An overturned truck has blocked all eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 in part of Arkansas, officials said.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation said there were no injuries in the wreck involving a tractor trailer near mile marker 223, which is east of Brinkley in St. Francis County.

The crash occurred before 8:30 a.m.

Danny Straessle, a spokesman for the transportation agency, said at 9:15 a.m. that crews hoped to have the inside lane reopened in about an hour.

The outside lane and shoulder were expected to take longer to clear, a process that could be lengthened if the trailer must be unloaded before being uprighted, Straessle said. It was carrying a load of "general merchandise," he added.

The Arkansas Online live traffic map showed a significant backup in the area.

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MM03 says... July 11, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Same song, 10,000th verse on I-40. Been going on for 40 years on that stretch of I-40. Why not make it 3 lanes between LR and Memphis as it is between LR and Conway. Make trucks stay in 2 of the 3 lanes. So many deaths could have been avoided over the decades.

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itryed says... July 11, 2018 at 10:25 a.m.

Both lanes blocked for an hour? Traffic must have been backed up to Lonoke

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HarleyOwner says... July 11, 2018 at 11:29 a.m.

Many years ago, the Government created the CDL saying it would increase the quality of truck drivers.It doesn't appear that it has.

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BEARTRAP919 says... July 11, 2018 at 3:13 p.m.

The CDL was created to enhance the Revenue for the Government,

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