Traffic was backed up for much of the day on Tuesday along Interstate 40 near the 131 mile marker after a semi-truck traveling westbound overnight crashed through the guard rail, coming to a rest in Lake Conway.

The truck driver, Timothy Ward, 78, of Florence, Ala. was treated for minor injuries.

The Arkansas State Police and the State Highway and Transportation Department continued to work with recovery crews along the 2.5 mile stretch of road on Tuesday afternoon, where traffic was routed into a single lane.

At noon on Tuesday, state troopers reported that traffic was backed up for approximately 5 miles west of the crash scene.


Work is expected to continue into the early rush hour period. Travelers are advised to consider an alternate route, and trucks with wide loads are discouraged from traveling through the area.