A semi crash on I-30 backed traffic up more than three miles while State Police investigated the crash and crews worked to clear the highway.
Two tractor trailers collided just before 7 p.m. Sunday evening, tearing one truck apart and blocking I-30 West near the 39 mile marker between Hope and Prescott.
According to witnesses, the Ace Logistics truck, out of Tennessee was traveling in the right lane when the Time Zone Transport truck approached in the left lane as if it was going to pass. Witnesses said that the Time Zone truck suddenly crossed into the right lane and crashed into the left rear corner of the Ace truck’s trailer. The collision badly damaged the Time Zone truck, causing the cab to separate from the frame. The rest of the truck and the trailer came to rest in the right hand lane but the cab landed in the highway and skid to a stop facing south. The witnesses said the driver of the Time Zone truck, badly bleeding from a large gash in his head, exited out of the detached cab and was walking back and forth before good samaritans went to his aid and tried to get him to get out of the highway and sit down.
Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Deputies, Pafford EMS and DeAnn Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. State police began their investigation and interviews while the crew from Pafford 213 treated the Time Zone driver. The Ace driver was uninjured. The injured driver was transported by Pafford to Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.
Traffic quickly backed up. Within an hour of the crash, cars and semis were backed up to the 43 mile marker. Several drivers began crossing the median and pulling out into the eastbound traffic to attempt to bypass the crash scene.
Red River Wrecker was called to the scene and worked to clear the lanes to traffic. Both lanes were opened back up at about 8:44 p.m.