Update: ARDOT says I-40 westbound and eastbound open after drivers stranded overnight in Lonoke, Prairie counties

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LONOKE COUNTY, Ark.- Officials with the Arkansas Department of Transportation say I-40 eastbound closed just after 2 p.m. Wednesday and reopened around 4 a.m. Thursday, which means that part of the interstate was closed about 16 hours.

Transportation officials said the closure was triggered by a series of incidents involving 12 to 15 vehicles, including some trucks that slid off the interstate to avoid hitting other vehicles.


PRAIRIE COUNTY, Ark.- An official with the Arkansas Department of Transportation says both the westbound and eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 between Hazen and Biscoe are open.

The ARDOT official also said since some drivers have been stuck there for 12 hours, state troopers are going vehicle to vehicle to wake up drivers, which is causing delays in getting the traffic moving.

Original Story:

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark.- Hundreds of vehicles were stranded overnight on Interstate 40 in Lonoke and Prairie counties.

An accident was reported around 8 p.m. Wednesday on I-40 westbound near Carlisle.

The accident blocked all lanes.

As of Thursday morning, traffic was backed up about 19 miles to Biscoe.

According to the Arkansas Storm Team, temperatures were in the 20s and the area picked up around six to 10 inches of snow Wednesday.

Some drivers say they have been stuck for six to 14 hours.

As of 5:30 a.m. Thursday, I-40 westbound is still closed and at a standstill from around Hazen to Biscoe. Carlisle to Hazen has reopened.

Earlier Wednesday, both I-40 westbound and eastbound were closed Wednesday due to an accident involving multiple vehicles. I-40 eastbound was reopened around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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