Fatal Tanker Truck Crash Closes I40 in Saint Francis County Arkansas
Updated: Sep 12
Eastbound lanes on Interstate 40 in St. Francis County were still blocked Tuesday morning after a tanker truck hauling diesel fuel caught fire Monday afternoon, officials said.
According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the crash happened just over a mile north of Madison around 3:18 p.m. About a dozen vehicles were involved in the crash, officials said.
That will allow us to then get in and do an inspection of the roadway and the bridge in the area to see if any damage was incurred,” Parker said. “Then we’ll determine what repairs we need to do and how long it might take.”
Parker said all vehicles involved in the crash were cleared out around 8:15 p.m. Monday.
The traffic jam in the eastbound lanes starts just west of the Palestine exit and lasts for about seven miles, according to Parker.
The spokesperson said crews will need to address any damage on the roadway first to determine how long the eastbound lanes will be blocked.
At least one person was confirmed dead as a result of the crash, according to Parker.