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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.


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
    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.

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

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

  • HarleyOwner
    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.

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

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