Scene of the accident at I-40 westbound. (Photo: Sgt. Brian Dedrick/NLR police)
View of accident from THV viewer Connie Nutt.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The driver of an 18-wheeler truck that hit a guard rail and caught on fire Thursday in North Little Rock has died, according to the North Little Rock Fire Department.
Sgt. Brian Dedrick with the North Little Rock Police Department said the accident happened on Interstate 40 near the Crystal Hill Rd. exit, at the Young Rd. overpass. The truck, which was carrying rolls of plastic, hit a guard rail and was engulfed in flames. Smoke could be seen for more than a mile away and the accident blocked traffic for hours.
Highway Department authorities are on scene evaluating whether the Young Road Overpass is stable enough for traffic. Both east and west-bound lanes were blocked earlier in the day;eastbound lanes opened to traffic around 3 p.m. while westbound re-opened just before 6 p.m.
Details of the truck that wrecked are not known, except for that it was from an out-of-state trucking company. Firefighters said passersby helped the driver away from the truck before they arrived on scene. Mediflight responded to the scene and transported him to an area hospital; authorities have not released his identity at this time.
There were no other reports of injuries as a result of this accident.