Semi Accident Closes Eastbound Interstate 40 Lanes Overnight And Through Rush Hour

VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A semi accident on Interstate 40 in Van Buren after midnight Thursday continued to cause traffic headaches several hours later.

A semi carrying frozen biscuits wrecked on Interstate 40 eastbound in Van Buren between the Highway 59 and the Interstate 540 exits, according to a report from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) and the Arkansas State Police.

At 1:50 a.m., State Police said the inside eastbound lane closest to the median would be closed the rest of the night while a towing company brought in equipment. A bulldozer and other equipment was called in to clean up the semi wreck. State Police said they were cleaning up cheese from the semi's load.

Work was still being done on at the wreck site when rush hour began Thursday morning. State Police closed the on- and off-ramps to Highway 59 about 7:30 a.m., blocking access to I-40 while the towing company worked to upright the semi and finish the cleanup. Both lanes of the Interstate were also shut down about 6:20 a.m.

One lane of the interstate reopened about 8:30 a.m. The second lane reopened about 9:15 a.m.