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18-wheeler fire cleared on I-40; traffic moves slowly throughout Little Rock metro area after 2 more wrecks reported

by Stephen Simpson | July 11, 2019 at 2:03 p.m. | Updated July 11, 2019 at 2:53 p.m.
A screenshot of the iDrive Arkansas traffic map showed traffic on I-40 Thursday afternoon.

An 18-wheeler fire has been cleared from Interstate 40 in Lonoke County, but traffic is still moving slowly in the area, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

A vehicle fire was reported at 1:05 p.m. near the eastbound exit 169 on Interstate 40.

The fire caused traffic to back up around 10 miles, spokesman Danny Straessle said.

The fire was cleared around 2:30 p.m., but traffic was still stopped in some areas of I-40 and moving slowly in others, a traffic map showed.

“I would recommend people to jump on U.S. Highway 70 at Galloway,” Straessle said.

It wasn't immediately known what caused the fire.

Two separate wrecks have also caused a slow down in traffic in Little Rock and North Little Rock downtown and metro areas.

An accident at exit 3A has caused a slowdown on Interstate 630 along with an accident at exit 12 on Interstate 430. Streets connected to the two interstates are also seeing traffic backups.

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