February 26, 2003
Posted at: 1:33 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Forecasters at the National Weather Service say that a quarter of an inch of ice has already accumulated this morning in parts of southern Arkansas.
They say the ice-rink-like conditions have made roadways treacherous for motorists. Forecaster John Lewis says that the freezing rain should start to ease out of Arkansas within the next two hours.
But another, more patchy storm is headed into the region tonight that will bring freezing rain and snow. He says folk on the Missouri-Arkansas border should expect another inch or so of snow. Temperatures should get above freezing tomorrow before another storm hits the state on Friday night.
Arkansas State Police say there is another ice-related fatality due to a traffic accident early this morning on Interstate 40 in Crittenden County. State police say that 77-year-old Lee Brown of Turrell died.
They say the truck he was riding in was rear-ended, spun around and hit again by a car that slid out of control on an icy overpass. Two other people were injured in that crash -- 55-year-old Linda Brown, who was driving the truck and 51-year-old John Curry, another passenger.
They were taken to the Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
State police are also reporting a charter bus accident in the same area of Crittenden County off Interstate 55. Authorities say that the bridge on Interstate 55 is shutdown in both directions. There are no reports of fatalities from troopers on that accident -- they say the only injury is the driver of the bus.
Authorities say they're looking for hotel rooms to house the bus passengers in West Memphis.