Traffic nightmare on Ark. interstates slows drivers to a crawl - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Traffic nightmare on Ark. interstates slows drivers to a crawl

Chopper 5 flew overhead the backup on I-40 in Ark. Chopper 5 flew overhead the backup on I-40 in Ark.

(WMC-TV) - Drivers were still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas Tuesday afternoon. Traffic turned into a slow crawl later in the evening.

Many drivers were forced to sleep in their cars since the backup on I-55 began Monday evening. So far, no end is in sight.

Chopper 5 flew over the backup Tuesday morning. Traffic was slow and go for miles from West Memphis to Brinkley, Ark. on I-40. On I-55, the slowdown is now intermittent from Osceola all the way to the Missouri state line.

"People have been stopped over 14 hours without moving an inch on this treacherous highway," Sandy Shute wrote in an email to Action News 5. "People have run out of gas, my husband is trapped, very cold and he has no heat."

Part of I-55 southbound was shut down early Tuesday morning due to multiple accidents involving tractor-trailers.

The governor or Ark. activated the Army National Guard to help.

When Action News 5's Nick Kenney caught up with Larry Matney, his car had not moved since 9 p.m. Monday. He was traveling with his two small children when he found himself in the traffic snarl.

"I stopped to get some food for my family at the McDonald's and my car broke down on me," he explained. "And we hadn't been able to get out to get any parts if anything, for the vehicles before the traffic is jammed up."

Brandon Oliver was traveling back to Central Illinois from New Orleans. A weekend of excess followed by a Fat Tuesday flop.

Some drivers turned around, but others had no choice but to wait it out.

I'm ready to go home," said Matney.

Copyright 2014 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Traffic nightmare on Ark. interstates slows drivers to a crawlMore>>

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • 1 dead, 14 injured in Cincinnati nightclub shooting

    1 dead, 14 injured in Cincinnati nightclub shooting

    Sunday, March 26 2017 5:46 AM EDT2017-03-26 09:46:59 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-03-26 11:30:31 GMT

    One person was killed and another 14 injured in a mass shooting at a Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday morning.

    One person was killed and another 14 injured in a mass shooting at a Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday morning.

  • Carjacker takes 99-year-old victim on joyride

    Carjacker takes 99-year-old victim on joyride

    Sunday, March 26 2017 5:24 AM EDT2017-03-26 09:24:32 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 5:24 AM EDT2017-03-26 09:24:32 GMT

    The woman knew she needed to stay calm because of her high blood pressure, but she managed to hold her own, arguing with the carjacker.

    The woman knew she needed to stay calm because of her high blood pressure, but she managed to hold her own, arguing with the carjacker.

  • Oregon beats Kansas 74-60 to punch Final Four ticket

    Oregon beats Kansas 74-60 to punch Final Four ticket

    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-03-26 04:18:42 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-03-26 04:18:42 GMT

    Tyler Dorsey poured in 27 points, Dillon Brooks added 17 and plucky Oregon ended Kansas' romp through the NCAA Tournament with a 74-60 victory Saturday night that gave the Ducks their first Final Four trip in...

    Tyler Dorsey poured in 27 points, Dillon Brooks added 17 and plucky Oregon ended Kansas' romp through the NCAA Tournament with a 74-60 victory Saturday night that gave the Ducks their first Final Four trip in nearly 80 years.

Powered by Frankly