One dead after fiery multi-tractor trailer accident on I-40 in Johnson County

The westbound lanes of I-40 in Johnson County were shut down after a multi-vehicle accident Wednesday morning.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — At approximately ‪4:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, Sept. 16, the Russellville Fire Department units, including Hazmat, responded to ‪the 72 mile marker on I-40 for a multi-vehicle accident with reported hazardous materials. 

The accident left all westbound lanes shutdown.

Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed a working fire involving multiple tractor trailers. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack utilizing mutual-aid tankers and water shuttle operations. 

There we no reported tankers carrying hazardous materials, however one of the involved trucks was transporting household cleaning supplies.

Multiple agencies including the London Fire Department, Crow Mountain Fire Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, Office of Emergency Management along with additional local law enforcement assisted. 

There was one reported fatality. 

Traffic control and cleanup operations are still underway, however the fire is extinguished and there is no threat of a hazmat release.

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Posted by Pottsville Arkansas Police Department on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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