Arkansas State Police (ASP) troopers investigated eighteen traffic wrecks in the Washington County area. Troopers reported no one was killed but in total, three people were taken to local hospitals with injuries.
ASP said the first accident happened at 5:30 A.M, between the 67 mile marker and the 69 mile on I-540
and was due ice on the bridges and overpasses. The bridges were later treated with sand and the ice melted.
The largest crash involved three cars near the Johnson exit at 69 mile marker.
"This morning was, probably chaotic would be a good word for it," Corporal Mike Morgan with Arkansas State Police said.
Some precipitation overnight, turned into problems for rush hour traffic.
"We had traffic backed up everywhere, emergency lights everywhere," he said.
Corp. Morgan was called out to the White River Bridge on Highway 412 in east Springdale ,onday morning for several accidents.
"It's a long bridge, it's an uphill bridge, so it's hard to keep traction on it when it's got ice on it," he said.
Out of the 18 accidents in Washington county, all were on icy bridges. Something Morgan expects to see more of as cooler temperatures move in.
"We're due for a bad winter. Unfortunately the highways are going to be messy at times I'm sure."
Even for drivers who watch their speed and use caution, accidents happen.
Corp. Morgan said small fender benders without injuries can actually be reported later to help keep traffic and troopers moving more efficiently.
"Call us later once it kind of calms down, call us later we'll be glad to do a report when we can all sit down and do it safely," he said.