Multiple accidents on I-40 trap drivers for up to 4 hrs.

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    BRINKLEY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Several minor accidents along a 40-mile stretch of road on I-40 near Brinkley have caused some drivers to be left in their cars for up to four hours. The area is currently a construction zone, which limits driving ability even more.

    Arkansas State Police Public Information Officer, Bill Sadler said the National Guard, highway department, and state police were currently working to help get drivers moving again.

    According to Major Chris Heathscott, the National Guard has brought four vehicles with 8 personnel to help the Arkansas State Police get traffic moving. He said they also brought water and food for people stuck in traffic, and they have brought fuel for extreme cases.

    In total, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team sent out five teams and 16 military vehicles and 32 Soldiers prepared to support stranded motorists along highways throughout the state if necessary.

    Some drivers who have sat in traffic the longest have said they had to turn off their cars to save gas, forcing them in sit in the cold. They said they had no restrooms nearby and no way to get food.

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