HOT SPRING COUNTY, Ark. – Lanes on Interstate 30 Westbound are opening up after a deadly crash in Hot Spring County Wednesday left traffic backed into Thursday afternoon.
Officials with the Arkansas Department of Traffic said that crews are opening up the inside lane. Officials said that the outside lane is expected to open by Thursday night.
The backup is from a deadly crash that happened Wednesday around 1 p.m. ARDOT officials said a minor wreck led to a larger crash involving eight semi-trucks and three cars.
As of Thursday afternoon, ARDOT traffic cameras show that the traffic jam is stretched from the Malvern area up to the Benton area. Officials said that traffic is moving at about 25 miles per hour.
Truck driver Shabi Hamad expressed his emotions behind the crash scene, saying that it could be avoided if drivers paid attention to the roads.
“Believe me when you showed me those pictures, I almost cried, but I just I don’t know I don’t want to think of it,” Hemad said. “It is sad to see even a car not a dead person. Why? That could be avoided if we just pay attention.”
Another truck driver along the highway explained how the extended backup can affect their route.
“We’re just trying to get delivery on time… and me being stuck here for three hours says a whole lot about what’s going on out here,” driver Harold said.
ARDOT officials are diverting traffic while cleaning up the scene.