More than 10 hours after 18-wheeler overturns, last lane of I-430 reopens in central Arkansas


4:40 P.M. UPDATE:

A lane of northbound Interstate 430 at the Arkansas River bridge has reopened Thursday more than 10 hours after an 18-wheeler carrying cases of bottled water overturned there.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation said at 4:29 p.m. that the outside lane was reopened. The other two lanes were reopened by 8:40 a.m.


Two lanes of northbound Interstate 430 have reopened at the Arkansas River bridge after an 18-wheeler carrying cases of bottled water overturned there Thursday morning, but one lane remained blocked more than eight hours later.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation said shortly after 6 a.m. that the wreck closed the northbound highway entirely, quickly causing a miles-long backup as the morning rush hour commenced.

By 7:20 a.m., one northbound lane was back open. By 8:40 a.m., only the outside lane was closed while crews worked to unload the bottled water cases from the truck before it could be uprighted and towed away, said Danny Straessle, a spokesman for the highway agency.

Officials initially expected the highway to be clear by 1 p.m., but crews were still working then and the outside lane remained shut. In a tweet, the highway agency said the effort was taking "longer than expected." There was no estimate given for when the outside lane would reopen.

No lanes were blocked on southbound I-430, but a significant backup was reported there too Thursday morning. Heavy traffic on the Interstate 30 bridge was also reported then as more vehicles used it than normal because of the I-430 wreck, officials said.


This Arkansas Department of Transportation photo shows vehicles backed up on I-430 northbound on Thursday morning. + Enlarge


RBBrittain says...

Closed "at at" the bridge? Need a new headline writer.

Posted 7 December 2017, 6:53 a.m. Suggest removal

itryed says...

Oh, please...

Posted 7 December 2017, 7:48 a.m. Suggest removal


there was no wreck in the south bound side but it was backed up for a mile or two because of rubber necking. C'mon people.

Posted 7 December 2017, 10:13 a.m. Suggest removal

HarleyOwner says...

There just isn't sufficient warning to truck drivers about how dangerous that hill is.

Posted 7 December 2017, 11:15 a.m. Suggest removal

richlin04211114 says...

Southbound lane was almost at a stand still. Wish they could put a couple of state troopers out there handing out tickets. It was ridiculous and unnecessary.

Posted 7 December 2017, 11:35 a.m. Suggest removal

LR1955 says...

ARDemGaz/Gavin, since we have a photo of the truck cab, how about a welfare report on the driver!!!

Posted 7 December 2017, 2:14 p.m. Suggest removal

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