Traffic cleared after semi rolls near Marked Tree

MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) – No injuries are reported after a semitruck rolls near Marked Tree. A line of cars, though, got stuck behind the wreckage for almost two hours.

The Arkansas State Police shut down the southbound lanes of Highway 63 near Marked Tree around 11 a.m. Friday. A tractor-trailer rolled onto its left side, blocking both lanes of traffic. The overturned semi slid almost 600 feet before coming to a stop.

Corporal David Smothers said the driver went too fast around a curve, which is in a reduced-speed construction zone. The driver then lost control, ran into the shoulder and rolled. Smothers said the driver luckily walked away uninjured.

"He was secured in the truck," Smothers said. "If other cars are involved, luckily this was a one-vehicle wreck. But, if other cars are involved, the damage can be very extensive."

Tractor-trailer rollovers are uncommon, but Smother said accidents like these are a big deal because of the truck's large size. If the driver had gone slower in the construction zone, the accident likely would not have occurred. The ASP is advising others to be more cautious.

"When you see these traffic cones and when you see these traffic signs telling you reduced speed, pay attention to it," Smothers said. "They're there for a reason, and this is what happens when you might be going into it too fast."

Perhaps the biggest delay Friday came from the traffic delay. The Poinsett County Sheriff's Department diverted cars through Tyronza before traffic began moving again around 12:30 p.m. A number of people drove by sporting their ASU Red Wolves gear. Smother said ASU fans should be extra careful, as they pass through construction on their way to Mobile.

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