Semi still in river months after Yell County bridge collapse


YELL COUNTY, Ark. – On January 30th, a semi-truck collapsed a historic bridge in rural Yell County. The bridge, and the truck full of processed chicken, ended up in the Petit Jean River. 

The driver was using GPS and the bridge couldn’t hold the weight. It happened in Ola along Dale Bend Road. 

Even though the accident happened months ago, the semi is still in the same spot. 

“It’s shocking. There’s no reason a semi-truck should be down in that area,” Yell County homeowner Jennifer Ebersole said. 

It’s been more than 70 days since the truck fell here. The bridge has been picked up, but the semi remains. 

The Yell County Emergency Manager says the county has had to jump through hoops to try to get it out. From red tape to weather causing problems on the dirt roads. 

“Really, they are doing the best that they can do with all the rain we’ve had and all the flooding and all,” Martha Morell from Yell County said. 

Now, the county is waiting for permits to remove it. All the while, people say it’s more of an issue for the homeowners and outdoors-men around the area.

“Lots of people like to fish out there and you’d get to see the bridge from all different aspects,” Ebersole said. 

The county is having to make the perfect arraignments before the truck comes out. 

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