SALINE COUNTY - Updated information on the fatal tractor trailer accident near the Saline-Hot Spring County line. Both lanes reopened around 2:30 Friday afternoon.
Channel 7 reporter Michelle Rupp, on the scene of the accident, has learned the name of the driver, Joseph Stephens, 40, of Hot Springs.
As of 1:30 p.m. work crews were busy siphoning fuel from the crashed tanker into another truck, which will then haul the 1,000 gallons of fuel away from the accident scene. At that time, the wrecked vehicle will be up righted and removed from the scene.
Work crews have been spraying foam around the crash site to reduce the chances of a fire or explosion.
Michelle has also learned the tractor trailer is owned by Central Arkansas Petroleum of Malvern, and that Stephens was in route from North Little Rock to Malvern , to deliver the fuel to a Valero station.
Meanwhile, traffic in the area has been tied up all day. Bill Sadler of the Arkansas State Police said eastbound traffic on I-30 is being rerouted to U.S.67 at Exit 206 in far southern Saline County, and allowed to get back on the interstate at Exit 114, the Haskell exit, just southwest of Benton. Westbound traffic is being diverted to U.S. 67 at the 114 exit. That means motorists heading for Hot Springs, who would normally use U.S. 70, must travel to Malvern on U.S. 67 and then go west on U.S. 270. A flight over the accident in Chopper 7 showed the stretch interstate that is shut down to be clear of motorists.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:35:49 GMT
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