Arkansas I-40 westbound – near mile marker 258 – will be reduced to one lane for the next week as a result of Saturday’s fiery accident. Traffic was detoured to I-70 (exit 260 for westbound traffic, and exit 256 for eastbound traffic).
I-40 traffic was backed up coming from both directions after a truck hauling HazMat (specifically, sodium picramate, a chemical used in hair coloring) crashed into the median and ignited around 8:00 a.m.
The fire caused a significant amount of damage to the westbound bridge above the Allen Bayou.
The driver survived the accident, though he did sustain some injuries. His condition is not yet known.
Drivers can check for delays at: IDriveArkansas.com