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Accident forces lane closure on I-40 in Arkansas for several days

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According to witnesses a tractor-trailer traveling west on I-40 ran off the road into the median and struck a bridge and started a fire. According to witnesses a tractor-trailer traveling west on I-40 ran off the road into the median and struck a bridge and started a fire.
EARLE, AR -

(WMC) - The impact of a Saturday morning crash on Interstate 40 in Arkansas near Earle is still being felt as of Sunday evening.

Repairs to a damaged bridge are still underway, and it could take days before traffic is moving normally. The nightmare traffic scenario has been frustrating drivers, and it couldn't come at a worse time with the start of another work week.

According to witnesses a tractor-trailer traveling west on I-40 ran off the road into the median and struck a bridge and started a fire.

The Shell convenience store where Brandy Bangert works is just a short distance from where the crash happened. She said the crash slowed traffic causing backups all around the bridge the tractor-trailer slammed into.

"I know traffic was backed up for three or four hours," she said. "Well it slowed business down tremendously. No one wanted to fight the traffic to come in."

And even after the truck that crashed was towed away, delays continue because road crews had to shut down a section of the left lane of I-40 west while repairs are made to the bridge.

For the drivers who use I-40, the people who live in this area, and the driver of the truck that crashed, this is a weekend they will never forget.

Residents who saw the driver of the tractor-trailer get out of the vehicle say he seemed OK.

There's no word yet on what caused the crash.

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