Semi truck leaks propane, blocks traffic, causes evacuations

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    Scene of the semi-truck wreck near Mountain View. (Photo: Christopher Mullins, THV 11 Viewer)
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    STONE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - An overturned semi-truck blocked part of Highway 66 in Stone County for more than five hours Wednesday.

    A dispatcher with Arkansas State Police in Harrison said the truck wrecked on Highway 66, west of Mountain View; it blocked roads in the area while crews worked the scene.

    Tommy Jackson with the Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management said around 9:53 a.m. the truck was trying to go around a curve and hit a bridge, breaking off the guardrail. He said part of the truck fell into a body of water below, and the other part remained on the road through the afternoon. The driver was not hurt.

    Jackson added that the truck, which leaked propane, was from the town of Guyon and was part of the Silica Transport Trucking fleet.

    Approximately 6 homes in the area had to be evacuated, and emergency management has no time frame for when they can return. No shelter has been set up for those evacuated.

    Authorities are waiting on a bridge inspector to come see if the bridge is structurally safe for travel.

    THV 11 will have more information on this story as it becomes available.

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