Wednesday, March 5 2014 5:04 AM EST2014-03-05 10:04:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Arkansas State Police say traffic is stop and go in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 from the Missouri state line to West Memphis, Arkansas. Authorities say troopers have been in contactMore >>
Drivers were still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas Monday afternoon. Traffic turned into a slow crawl later in the evening.More >>
Tuesday, March 4 2014 11:28 PM EST2014-03-05 04:28:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Drivers are still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas. Many drivers were forced to sleep in their cars since the backup on I-55 beganMore >>
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.More >>
Tuesday, March 4 2014 11:09 PM EST2014-03-05 04:09:56 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard are now mobilized to assist stranded drivers in Dyer County, Tenn. Soldiers have water, food, and blankets they will be bringing around to drivers.More >>
Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard were mobilized Tuesday afternoon to assist stranded drivers in Dyer County, Tenn.More >>
Tuesday, March 4 2014 7:15 PM EST2014-03-05 00:15:19 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The traffic backups in Arkansas stranded people for several hours, and in at least one case, caused two women to miss a very important goodbye. Pat Warner and her sister, Carol Deming were inMore >>
The traffic backups in Arkansas stranded people for several hours, and in at least one case, caused two women to miss a very important goodbye.More >>
Tuesday, March 4 2014 5:17 PM EST2014-03-04 22:17:18 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Drivers going in and out of Memphis along Highway 51 faced some tough challenges this morning on the ice and snow. A lot of thick ice covered portions of Highway 51 near Millington this morning.More >>
Drivers going in and out of Memphis along Highway 51 faced some tough challenges Tuesday morning on the ice and snow. A lot of thick ice covered portions of the highway near Millington.More >>
WEST MEMPHIS, AR -
(WMC-TV) - Many drivers along Interstate 55 in Ark. were forced to spend Monday night in their vehicles as the result of the huge traffic snarl that continues to plague drivers Tuesday evening.
What's for breakfast? McDonald's, of course, as it was the only restaurant nearby. Blake Todd, of West Memphis, walked up the interstate to get breakfast for himself, and other stranded drivers.
"We were walking to McDonald's and I was picking up orders for people and by the time I got back with the food, traffic started moving again and I had to hitch a ride here to meet my co-driver," said Todd, who spent the night in his tractor-trailer.
The same could be said for hundreds of others stopped on I-55.
"It was horrible. I put on Facebook last night to pray for everybody. There was people sleeping in cars and everything," he said.
The Arkansas National Guard and Arkansas State Police are helping stranded drivers along the interstate.
The icy roads are testing travelers' patience.
"Seventeen hours and 51 miles. That's since 9 last night," said truck driver James Harmon.
"It took me an hour to get here and Turrell is just 15 miles down the road. I just tell everybody to be careful," added Turrell resident Donnie Slone.
It took Action News 5 crews more than two hours to get to Turrell from Midtown Memphis Tuesday morning.
Some drivers decided to make the most of their wait -- and the snow that Mid-Southerners do not see too often.
Matt Flad, who lives in Jonesboro, started a snowball fight on the side of the interstate.
"It just hit so hard," he said. "Maybe next time they'll be prepared. Instead of sitting the trucks on the side, they'll spend money when it does hit. This is life safety, you know?"
State officials say they pre-treated the road before the winter weather hit. But, they say once the temperatures drop below 22 degrees, the road salt is no longer effective.
Bob Curtis is traveling from Texas to Michigan to see his mother, who is ill.
"Last night [Monday], I was on I-40, about 45 miles from here. That was 10:30 last night and I've just made it here on my way," said Curtis.
Curtis says the road conditions in Ark. are some of the worst he has ever seen.
Best advice? Be careful. Take your time. Be patient.
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