Several tractor-trailers overturned by strong winds in Arkansas and Texas

Strong winds in Arkansas overturned seven tractor-trailers along I-40 in St. Francis County Arkansas early Saturday morning. (Courtesy: LOCALMEMPHIS.COM)

ST. FRANCIS COUNTY, Ark. — WREG in Memphis has reported that several tractor-trailers overturned early Saturday morning in Arkansas due to heavy winds from severe weather passing through the area.
WREG reported at least seven tractor-trailers overturned on Interstate 40 in St. Francis County just after 2 a.m. Saturday. The incident occurred between mile markers 222 and 225 in Wheatley.
Just after 4 a.m., another overturned tractor-trailer was reported on I-40 in Crittenden County, just west of West Memphis.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that a tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 440 continues to impede traffic flow as crews are working to clear the roadway. There were no injuries reported.
Although the incident happened late Friday, crews were not dispatched to the scene until 7:30 a.m. Saturday due to the inclement weather, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation. The process is expected to be finished before sundown on Saturday. In the meantime, motorists are being rerouted to exit 138, which leads to I-30 east.
On Friday, Texas Fox 4 reported wind gusts knocked an 18-wheeler onto its side in Dallas County during a severe thunderstorm that blew through the region.
Gale-force winds blew the truck onto the grass next to westbound Interstate 635 in Irving, Texas. Rescue crews broke a window to free the driver, who suffered minor injuries. The rig was eventually righted using a crane.


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