Update: Power Repair Work Begins on 67/167 After Accident

Update: Power Repair Work Begins on 67/167 After Accident

The Wednesday morning accident toppled four power poles and stalled rush hour traffic for more than hour.
People get out of cars during traffic standstill on Hwy. 67/167
People get out of cars during traffic standstill on Hwy. 67/167
Update (3:00 p.m.):
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - 
NORTH PULASKI COUNTY, AR - From Entergy Arkansas via Twitter: Repair work across 67/167 is expected to begin momentarily... causing traffic delays. Expect to be complete by 4 this afternoon.

Entergy posted earlier today that 500 customers have been affected by the outage.

Update (11:40 a.m.)
NORTH PULASKI COUNTY, AR - At 7:45 a.m. Arkansas State Troopers responded to calls from drivers reporting electric power lines had fallen across U.S. Highway 67/167 (northbound and southbound).

State Troopers found Dennie Apple who was the driver of a large dump truck along Landers Road in Sherwood.

An investigation of the incident is underway, however State Troopers suspect the truck driven by Apple was moving with the bed of the truck in an extended position above the cab, causing the bed to rip the electrical lines from four utility poles.

Traffic along the six-lane route was blocked for 90 minutes while utility crews removed the cables and secured poles damaged by the truck.

Update (9:25 a.m.):

NORTH PULASKI COUNTY, AR -All of Hwy. 67/167 between Hwy. 44. and Kiehl Ave. now reopened after shutdown that lasted more than an hour when a dump truck accident toppled power lines. More details to come.

Update (9:20 a.m.):
NORTH PULASKI COUNTY, AR - Southbound lanes have reopened on 67/167. Northbound lanes still closed. 

Update (9:15 a.m.):
NORTH PULASKI COUNTY, AR - Update from Arkansas State Police: Traffic lanes blocked by downed power lines along 67-167 (north Pulaski County) are expected to re-open by 9:20 – 9:30 a.m. Entergy crews are removing cables from highway.

Original story (8:30 a.m.):
NORTH PULASKI COUNTY, AR - An accident has shutdown all lanes of Hwy. 67/167 in both directions from Hwy. 440 to Kiehl Avenue.

Officials say it involves a dump truck that toppled power lines this morning.

More details to come.

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