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AHTD continues to work on Hwy 49 at Otwell

Scene of Otwell crash from June 5 Scene of Otwell crash from June 5

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - The trainderailment caused by a powerful wind storm last Thursday became aninconvenience for surrounding towns. Highway 49 at Otwell has been blocked offfor over a week. The train has been removed and the Highway and Transportationdepartment started working on the road Friday to get it reopened.

Brad Lowery co-owns the CityGrocery and Deli in Weiner and said this past week they've experienced a majordecrease in sales without the traffic.

"It cut down at least 50 to 75percent," he said. "All we're getting is local traffic and nothing more."

Salon owner, Deanna Berryhillsaid some of her clients who live in Jonesboro have had to travel much longerthan usual.

"They are making an hour trip toget here that usually only takes 25 minutes," she said.

Berryhill said there are a lotof people who travel to and from Jonesboro daily, especially for work andappointments.

"We're already out here in themiddle of nowhere and then we have to travel several minutes out of the way,"she said. "We have a lot of elderly people who make trips back and forth."

The inconvenience has been thetalk of the town.

"It's one complaint after thenext," said Lowery. "They understand that the highway department needs to workon the road but it is a severe hindrance."

The highway departmentsaid the road should reopen Saturday night

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