UPDATE: Highway 59 Bridge Reopens After Accident



The bridge on Highway 59, section 7 has reopened after it was shut down by a Thursday morning river accident. 

Original Story:

A bridge on Highway 59 has been shut down by a Thursday morning river accident.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) says a sand dredge was working on the Arkansas River when it collided with the bridge in Barling. 

The SCSO’s Capt. Phillip Pevehouse says all lanes have been closed as a precaution until bridge inspectors can come from Little Rock and determine if the bridge is safe for traffic. 

Pevehouse said the bridge will likely be shut down for several hours.

The iDriveArkansas website shows the bridge between Van Buren and Barling was closed shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. 

Stay with KFTA as details come into the newsroom.

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