I-40 in Eastern Arkansas Brought to Standstill Due to Sleeping Truck Drivers

I-40 in Eastern Arkansas Brought to Standstill Due to Sleeping Truck Drivers

PALESTINE – Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas was brought to a standstill Thursday morning while State Police worked to rouse sleeping truck drivers.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDoT) warned drivers of St. Francis, Prairie and Monroe counties in the northeast corner of Arkansas that traffic was delayed “due to sleeping truck drivers” between mile markers 205 and 223 on Interstate 40 westbound. Photos attached to the post showed a long line of semis along the stretch of interstate.

The area received a dusting of snow on Wednesday, leaving some area roads with ice and slush patches overnight.

Traffic was moving again by 9 a.m. Thursday.


Victim And Shooter Identified In Johnson County Hunting Accident

JOHNSON COUNTY – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says a woman was shot and killed by a hunter in northern Johnson County on Sunday.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that the victim was Jane Rust from Sparkman, Arkansas.

The hunter has been identified by the sheriff’s office as Dale Williams.

Sherrif Larry Jones said the shooting is still under investigation and he’s still unclear if any charges will be filed.

The 72-year-old was shot in the Yale community of northern Johnson County on Sunday. The sheriff’s office says they received a call about the incident at approximately 1:43 p.m. and arrived on scene at 2:15 p.m.

Officials say Rust was with a relative and a friend when she stepped out of a car to take a picture of the Yale Church, and that’s when she was shot.

Sheriff Jones said Rust was shot in the upper body but didn’t say how many times.

Officials had first reported both were hunting when Rust was fatally shot Sunday.

Rust’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. Once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney for review of possible criminal charges, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

As of Thursday, investigators with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said they had not yet turned over the case to the county prosecutor.


Warmer Weather for Turkey


LITTLE ROCK – A warming trend beginning early next week is expected to produce warmer, drier weather for the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend across most of the state. Eastern Arkansas residents should see highs in the low 60s and mostly sunny skies.