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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --8/11/17-- Police and rescue workers tend to an overturned 18-wheeler on I-40 blocking all lanes of eastbound traffic near the Morgan Maumelle exit Friday afternoon. At least 7 other vehicles crashed behind the truck trying to avoid hitting it after it toppled over. Surprisingly there were no injuries. - Photo by Benjamin Krain


Part of eastbound Interstate 40 that had been closed after a truck toppled over has reopened.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation said about 6:30 p.m. that lanes had been cleared.


Part of eastbound Interstate 40 is closed in North Little Rock on Friday afternoon after an 18-wheeler toppled over, the Arkansas Department of Transportation says. As of 6 p.m., the highway was still shut, stalling traffic for miles.

A 1-mile stretch near the Crystal Hill Road exit and Interstate 430 was shut to traffic shortly before 2 p.m., the agency said.

An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette photographer at the scene said the driver of the 18-wheeler lost control about 1 mile east of the Maumelle exit and the vehicle slid horizontally, blocking all lanes of traffic. That led to at least six other vehicles crashing behind the 18-wheeler.

No major injuries were reported.

Arkansas Online's live map showed traffic backed up for miles in the area as of 6 p.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette photographer Benjamin Krain contributed to this story.


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