UPDATE 8-26-2019 @ 10:02 p.m.:::: Traffic is almost back to normal on I-30 West. ARDOT says traffic is still a little slower than normal through the area but she be back to normal soon.
Traffic on the I-30 westbound is still obstructed from a semi rollover and subsequent crashes that started around 6 p.m. According to the ARDOT, traffic is being let through one lane at this time but remains at a crawl.
The Arkansas State Police and Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office responded to several wrecks and an interstate the more resembles a parking lot Monday evening.
The orginal crash occurred around 6 p.m. when an eastbound semi appears to have crashed into the median, coming to a stop partially in the westbound lanes. Debris, diesel fuel and other fluids spilled onto the westbound lanes.
A second crash occurred around 6:15 p.m. at the 21 mile marker westbound as traffic moving at highway speeds came upon stopped traffic that continued to back up for several miles. The second crash involved two semis and a vehicle.
A third crash occurred around 6:25 p.m. near the 25 mile marker westbound.
No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes but obstruction to traffic on the interstate has been drastic and will continue on for some time as crews work to clear the wrecks from the highway.
As of 7:42 p.m., I-30 West remains stopped and backed up several miles. I-30 East is moving slowly through the area but is not closed off. It is still recommended that you find alternate routes and avoid I-30 between Hope and Fulton at this time.