Both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were shut down in Conway County after two motor vehicle collisions occurred Monday evening, November 25th.
Traffic on Interstate 40 was shut down from mile marker 99 to mile marker 101 and remained at stand still for approximately two hours causing delays for commuters traveling through the area.
At 5:53 p.m. Monday evening, the Arkansas State Police and Conway County emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision that occurred on I-40 at mile marker 101 on the eastbound side of the interstate. After the collision occurred,
the eastbound lanes of the interstate were shut down from mile marker 99 to 101 mile marker, eastbound. While the collision was being worked, a second motor vehicle collision involving multiple vehicles and fire occurred at the 99 mile marker westbound on I-40.
At 6:37 p.m., additional troopers and deputies with the Conway County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the second collision that was located at the 99.9 mile marker, on the westbound side of I-40.
The collision was reported to involve three or four vehicles, injuries were sustained by occupants and one of the vehicles had ignited and caught on fire.
Troopers reported that all westbound lanes were impacted after the crash and due to the extent of injuries sustained by the vehicles occupants. Air ambulances were dispatched to the scene to transport the injured patients by air.
At approximately 6:40 p.m., Conway County emergency responders contacted Pope County 911 dispatch and requested the response of the Atkins Fire Department and two Pope County EMS units to assist in working the collisions. At approximately 6:45 p.m., the Atkins Fire Department and both Pope County EMS units checked en route to the collision.
At 6:48 p.m., Atkins firefighters advised dispatch they had arrived on scene and at that time, the fire that ignited vehicle had been extinguished and was determined to be out.
As troopers investigated the collisions, emergency medical personnel from Conway County and Pope County began evaluating and treating the injured patients as air ambulance flight crews prepared to transport the most critical patients by air. After the air ambulances landed on scene on Interstate 40, the flight crews joined EMS personnel to receive vital patient information prior
to the patient’s transport. Once the pertinent information was exchanged, both the flight crew and EMS personnel loaded the patient onto the air ambulance to be airlifted. Once the patient(s) were loaded, the air ambulance was launched, en route to the trauma center best suited to treat the injuries of the patients.
Just after 8 p.m. Monday night, traffic was allowed to slowly proceed as one lane was reopened to traffic. After the vehicles were towed and debris from the collisions was cleared from the roadway, Arkansas State Police troopers reopened Interstate 40 to both eastbound and westbound traffic.
Following the completion of their investigations, troopers with the Arkansas State Police and deputies with the Conway County Sheriff’s Office returned available for service.
At the time of this story, the cause of both collisions, the number of individuals injured in the incident and the extent of the injuries the patients sustained are unknown.
If additional information is released concerning this story, River Valley Now will update readers.
The attached photos and following video were captured while the collisions were being worked.