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Idled wheels choke icy interstates

Troops roll; jams stretch for 40 miles

Posted: March 5, 2014 at 5:22 a.m.

Traffic backs up in all directions Tuesday on Interstate 40 at West Memphis, one of several snarled spots on I-40 and Interstate 55 in eastern Arkansas.

Traffic backs up in all directions Tuesday on Interstate 40 at West Memphis, one of several snarled spots on I-40 and Interstate 55 in eastern Arkansas.

Ice-covered interstates stranded thousands of motorists across eastern Arkansas on Tuesday, causing miles-long traffic backups on the state’s major thoroughfares and prompting the Arkansas State Police to request help from the Arkansas National Guard.

Icy road conditions halt I-40 traffic

Icy conditions on Interstate 40 created havoc for drivers on Tuesday, with long delays stretching from Brinkley to West Memphis. (By Benjamin Krain)
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