CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Traffic on I-40 westbound was cut down to one lane for much of Tuesday as crews worked to pull an 18 wheeler from the lake, the second tractor trailer to leave the interstate in the same area in less than a week.
"Surprise, surprise!" said Lane Elliott, a resident of Lakeview Circle in Conway.
It's not a sight you see every day, but it's the first thing she saw Tuesday morning.
"About three o'clock this morning, the dogs were barking so my husband got up to see what was going on and came back and said, 'Lane, there is a truck in our lake," said Elliott.
Police say 78 year old truck driver Timothy Ward of Florence, Alabama drove his semi-truck through a guardrail and into Lake Conway. That is when Jane's husband Tim sprang into action.
"He kept saying could he help, could he help and they said, 'Yeah, c'mon! C'mon!' so he took the boat out there and rescued the guy that was in cab. He was hanging on to the door," said Elliott.
Ward is now the second truck driver to walk away from an accident near Lakeview Circle in a week.
"All of a sudden just the end of the house exploded," said Gus Strom.
Late Friday night, a semi-truck left the interstate and plowed into his home, nearly hitting his daughter Tina.
"We go out there and all you see is the bed buried up in the house. It took out the bathroom, the bedroom and part of the kitchen," said his daughter, Tina Cagle.
Strom says his family is lucky. The truck destroyed his twelve-year-old son's bedroom who was spending the night with a friend. Now, Strom and his son are staying with family, his home deemed unsafe and unlivable.
They are two accidents Strom and his neighbors believe could have been prevented.
"Slow the speed limit down while they're working would help a lot," says Elliott.
Other neighbors on Lakeview Circle said this will make three tractor trailers accidents near their neighborhood in the last month or so. They say another semi came off the road but the driver was able to stop before coming into their neighborhood. No one has been seriously injured in any of these accidents.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says right now the speed limit is 65 miles an hour through that construction zone and normally both lanes are open. If one of those lanes were to close, that is when they would lower the speed limit. A cause for either accidents has not been determined.