Arkansas State Troopers have spent the last two days assisting motorists who have been involved in accidents on snow or ice covered highways.
Most of the motor vehicle crashes involved simple single-vehicle “slide-offs” as drivers lost control and slid into highway ditches or medians.
One Arkansas State Trooper was injured about 9 a.m. Friday when his patrol car was struck from the rear along the eastbound lanes of I-40 near the White River.
Corporal Damon Dobson, 37, of Monroe County, was transported to a Stuttgart hospital for examination. Dobson’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Dobson had been investigating a motor vehicle crash and was inside his patrol car when a pick-up truck struck the State Police patrol car.
Highway conditions across Arkansas are expected to worsen overnight as the result of colder weather expected to sweep across the state. Unless it is absolutely necessary or an emergency, highway travel across much of the state is not recommended.
Several stretches of Arkansas Interstates 40 and 55 were frequent scenes of jack-knifed 18-wheelers which involved state troopers temporarily blocking portions of the highway while recovery crews worked to clear the highways. Large commercial carrier trucks were also stalled along U.S. 65 in Searcy County and Highway 7 in Newton County.
State Police Troop radio and telephone dispatchers request citizens limit their calls to emergency calls only. Statewide information with the latest highway and road conditions can be obtained by calling (800) 245-1672 or viewing the State Highway & Transportation Department map website at IDriveArkansas.com.