Wednesday, March 5 2014 5:04 AM EST2014-03-05 10:04:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Arkansas State Police say traffic is stop and go in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 from the Missouri state line to West Memphis, Arkansas. Authorities say troopers have been in contactMore >
Drivers were still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas Monday afternoon. Traffic turned into a slow crawl later in the evening.More >
Tuesday, March 4 2014 11:28 PM EST2014-03-05 04:28:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Drivers are still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas. Many drivers were forced to sleep in their cars since the backup on I-55 beganMore >
Drivers were still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas Tuesday afternoon. Traffic turned into a slow crawl later in the evening.More >
Tuesday, March 4 2014 11:09 PM EST2014-03-05 04:09:56 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard are now mobilized to assist stranded drivers in Dyer County, Tenn. Soldiers have water, food, and blankets they will be bringing around to drivers.More >
Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard were mobilized Tuesday afternoon to assist stranded drivers in Dyer County, Tenn.More >
Tuesday, March 4 2014 7:15 PM EST2014-03-05 00:15:19 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The traffic backups in Arkansas stranded people for several hours, and in at least one case, caused two women to miss a very important goodbye. Pat Warner and her sister, Carol Deming were inMore >
The traffic backups in Arkansas stranded people for several hours, and in at least one case, caused two women to miss a very important goodbye.More >
(WMC-TV) - Traffic remains at a standstill on Interstate 55 in Arkansas Tuesday night after some drivers have been stranded for hours.
Other motorists pulled over for the night and will wait until the roads clear to continue their trips. Either way, Tuesday has been a headache for any driver heading through eastern Arkansas to Missouri.
Many left out in the cold are wondering what is being done to make sure they get moving as fast as possible.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe spoke on the mess Tuesday afternoon saying he is working to figure out why the highway department was not quicker to treat the roads.
He says roads were treated before the ice, but it was washed off by the rain. State officials say they pretreated the road before the winter weather hit, but they say once the temperatures drop below 22 degrees, the road salt is no longer effective.
"I don't understand why a Missouri highway is clear and an Arkansas highway is not ... If it join rights there together that's pretty unacceptable to me," said Beebe.
As of Tuesday night, entrances to truck stops were iced over. One tractor-trailer's tires spun around, not taking the vehicle anywhere. People threw chains under the tires in hope of traction.
Many drivers are stuck in West Memphis because of the ice, but some truckers were in their trucks for as long as regulations allow.
"When the weather is bad and the roads are bad, you're sitting out on the interstate with all the trucks. Your clock is still burning and eating up your hours," said trucker Jerry Svitkovich. "Unfortunately, some of the drivers are stuck here because of that."
There were so many trucks in the area near the truck stops drivers got out and directed traffic.
Some stranded drivers with families wanted to cry.
"All the roads are cleared up until we hit Arkansas. As soon as we hit here in Arkansas it's been horrible," said driver Peggy Howard.
A spokesperson for Ark. state said traffic is moving slowly on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40