AHTD: Accident on Interstate 40 Diverting Traffic Near Memphis

Update (5:30 p.m.):
EARLE, AR -- Westbound Interstate 40 at mile marker 258 will be reduced to one lane for several days while crews work to repair damage caused by a tractor-trailer accident this morning, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

 The resulting fire caused damage to the westbound bridge over Allen Bayou, which is just west of Exit 260.

It is estimated the left (inside) westbound lane will be closed approximately one week as crews work to repair the damage.

Traffic will be controlled using warning signs and barrels.

Motorists can check for traffic delays caused by this work at IDriveArkansas.com.

Original Story:
EARLE, AR -- Emergency crews are working to clear a fiery accident that has tied up traffic in both directions on Interstate 40 near Earl.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department reports an accident involving a semi hauling sodium picramate happened just before 8:00 a.m. near the 259 Mile Marker.

No injuries have been reported.

The tandem trailer was traveling east and ran into the median and wrecked, then caught fire.

Traffic in both directions has been detoured to U.S. 70.

Westbound traffic takes the 260 Exit, and eastbound traffic takes Exit 256.

Danny Straessle with AHTD says he expects the cleanup to take several hours.

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