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Fatal accident brings traffic on I-30 in Arkansas to near halt

Arkansas State Police said it would likely be noon before the wreckage is cleared.

The Trucker News Services

2/25/2011

MALVERN, Ark. — An accident involving a tanker hauling gasoline at mile marker 106 on Interstate 30 some seven miles north of here has brought traffic on the busy highway to a near standstill.

The accident occurred about 5 a.m. Friday.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said at least one person has died.

Sadler said it likely would be around noon before the accident scene is cleared.

Neither lane is blocked as the tractor and tanker are in the median, but what traffic is moving along the interstate is moving very, very slowly, Sadler said.

A radio report said gasoline was leaking from the tanker and that state police were stopping motorists to make sure no one passed the accident area while smoking.

Fortunately for motorists, U.S. Highway 67 parallels the interstate between Little Rock and Texarkana.

Therefore, state police are strongly recommending that westbound truckers exit the interstate at mile marker 114 near Benton, Ark., and that eastbound trucks exit the interstate at Malvern.

However, traffic may be backed up beyond Malvern, and U.S. Highway 67 is accessible from any exit along the interstate.

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

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