State Responding to Stranded Drivers on I-40, I-55

Published 03/04 2014 11:59AM

Updated 03/04 2014 12:09PM

Trucks backed up on Interstate 55 from West Memphis to Missouri state line. Photo courtesy: The Weather Channel via Twitter.
Trucks backed up on Interstate 55 from West Memphis to Missouri state line. Photo courtesy: The Weather Channel via Twitter.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Throughout Tuesday morning, Governor Beebe and his staff have been coordinating State efforts to assist motorists stranded on Interstates 40 and 55 in East Arkansas. National Guard teams and State Troopers are checking on motorists to make sure there are no health emergencies. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is helping transport fuel to vehicles that have run out of gas.

The Arkansas State Police has been working throughout the night to clear damaged vehicles. Construction zones along both Interstates have exacerbated the backups and response delays.

Any questions about the conditions of the roads themselves should be directed to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, which is constitutionally independent from the governor’s office and other State agencies.

In addition, Arkansas National Guard officials say 13 Guard locations are on standby in case they get a call from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

So far, about 54 soldiers are helping with the following missions: 
  • Searcy unit has been called to help in the Forrest City area to help get Arkansas State Police troopers and Arkansas Highway Police officers to accident scenes on I-40 because their cruisers cannot get there. 
  • Route assessment at I-40 and I-55 in West Memphis and relaying information on road conditions to police.
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