Vehicles stranded over wide area in east Arkansas

A vehicle sits sandwiched between two tractor-trailer rigs on the edge of westbound I-30 just south of University Ave., Monday March 3, 2014 in Little Rock, Ark. An accident scene which started with a car and a tractor-trailer culminated a few minutes later in a wreck which involved 5 tractor-Trailer rigs, an AHTD sand truck and two passenger vehicles as on coming traffic couldn't stop on the icy interstate. The driver of this car was not inside his car when the rig, right, sandwiched him in. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo)

WEST MEMPHIS — Some drivers in eastern Arkansas were stranded overnight due to lingering icy conditions from the weekend winter storm.

Arkansas highway department spokesman Randy Ort said Tuesday that traffic can't get moving consistently because of repeated accidents. Conditions may improve later in the day but Ort says with temperatures in the teens and single digits overnight, crews are limited in what they can accomplish.

Ort noted that road salt is ineffective when temperatures drop below 22 degrees.

Interstate 55 between West Memphis and the Missouri border is clogged with ice and stalled vehicles, as is Interstate 40 from Forrest City eastward. Construction zones, including one in West Memphis affect both I-40 and I-55.

Ort says crews have contended with jackknifed tractor-trailers and stalled vehicles.


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