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story.lead_photo.caption The Arkansas Online traffic map at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, shows traffic heavily congested throughout central Arkansas.

A vehicle crash on the Interstate 430 river bridge involving a jail-transport van Friday morning has caused heavy traffic congestion in central Arkansas.

A Washington County sheriff's office transport van was involved in the crash that backed up Interstates 430 and 40 for a large part of Friday morning, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Nine of the jail inmates were taken to an area hospital, Sadler said. He added that he didn't have details on where on the I-430 bridge the accident occurred but that traffic was being routed around the crash scene.

Arkansas Online's traffic map showed traffic at a standstill along I-430 in each direction, on Maumelle Boulevard and on Interstate 40 east and west.

Cassandra Green, who by 8:20 a.m. had been stuck on Maumelle Boulevard for an hour and 20 minutes trying to get to I-430 South, said an accident on the interstate had backed up that road and I-40 from Conway but that she'd seen no ice on the pavement. Green says on a normal day, her trip takes 15 minutes.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday morning via Twitter that all highways and interstates in the state were free of ice and snow, and some forecasters said Friday morning that freezing fog could have caused slick conditions. The National Weather Service said fog should persist through mid-morning.

Correction: The van involved in the accident was previously identified as a prison van, but Sadler later clarified that the van was a Washington County sheriff's office transport van. The change has been made in the story above.

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  • DoWhat
    March 7, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.

    Look folks. If ICE on a bridge caught you by surprise you probably don't need to be driving. Ironically 2 of the vehicles on the southbound side were prisoner transports driven by cops. Not too smart.

  • Lakeview
    March 7, 2014 at 8:54 a.m.

    Now watch for the Lawyers to swarm in to protect those "injured" prisoners.

  • Pacorabone
    March 7, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.

    Hope those vans weren't driven by the kind of cop who shoots and kills a man who is
    "attacking" him with a wooden cane.

  • DSPLR
    March 7, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.

    News flash to AHTD..... clear and cold forecast is going to create frost and black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses. There is no excuse for the lack of pro-active pre-treatment of elevated highway sections by the AHTD when icing conditions are forecast. The lack of action is symptomatic of what occurred earlier this week on I-55 and I-40. Missouri is clear and Arkansas is not, Missouri actually received more precipitation than Arkansas.

  • RBBrittain
    March 7, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.

    @chiefmom: Stop spreading misinformation about the NLR shooting. That "wooden cane" had a large gold knob on the end; it WAS a deadly weapon when misused as a club. And though the officer probably didn't have time to check before firing, the victim had a lengthy record of disorderly conduct -- ESPECIALLY against cops. (He sued LRPD in 2010 over one arrest, and lost.) Though NLRPD still has to finish its investigation (as it should), from what's come out so far it's 99% certain that shooting WAS justified.

  • bbbush
    March 7, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.

    @ RICHARD BRITTAIN: Your accusation of misinformation is invalid because thats not the point she's attempting to make. Regardless of whats on the end of the cane ( which does not classify it as a deadly weapon) his actions did not warrant death. What makes me laugh but not surprised is how over the course of a year there have been an influx of police shootings and killings that have preassumably justified but again im not surprised this is Arkansas.

  • Pacorabone
    March 7, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

    Richard Brittain... I would think a tazer or stun gun would be appropriate... But a gun? Seriously????

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