Five 18-Wheelers Pile-Up in Morning Accident on I-55 - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Burdette, AR - by Randy Myers, News Assignment Manager

Five 18-Wheelers Pile-Up in Morning Accident on I-55

JUNE 30, 2004- Posted at 8:35 a.m. CDT, updated at 11:54 a.m.


BURDETTE, AR - An early-morning accident in Mississippi County contributed to a major traffic jam this morning on Interstate-55 near Burdette.

The accident occured shortly after 3 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Interstate, just south of the Burdette exit.  State Police Corporal James Creecy said a "second tractor-trailer rear-ended the first tractor-trailer," creating a chain reaction of mishaps which eventually included up to five 18-wheelers involved in a series of accidents.  Somewhat miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the accident, although several were taken to the hospital.  "No fatalities, luckily!", said Creecy.  "This is a prime example of, if you were here when I first got here...this is what you call a miracle!  There were some injuries and evidently, it turned out to be, luckily, minor injuries as far as we can tell right now."

A K8 News crew at the scene said traffic in the interstate's southbound lane was backed up at least as far as five miles at one point. 

State Police and highway officials are still at the site cleaning up the scene of the accident.

Creecy attributed the accident to driver fatigue.  "You know, we have a lot of the policies and laws now regulating tractor-trailers that you can only drive so long...I don't care if your driving a Volkswagon, if you start getting sleepy or tired, please pull over and take a break - it might save a lot of this."

(K8 News photojournalist Marcus White contributed to this report.)


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