I-49 closed in both directions near West Fork

Northwest Arkansas News

UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): At approximately 6:15 p.m. Arkansas State Troopers were able to take the individual into custody without incident.

Arkansas State Police said the man will be taken to a Northwest Arkansas medical facility to be examined.

UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): Arkansas State Troopers and Fayetteville Police are continuing their negotiations with a man who is threatening to jump from an Interstate 49 overpass near the 51-mile marker. 

Troopers first encountered the individual shortly after 9 a.m. today. 

Currently, traffic along I-49 is being diverted off the interstate highway (northbound) at Mountainburg and (southbound) at West Fork, according to Arkansas State Police.  

A team of specially trained state troopers and Fayetteville Police Department negotiators have been talking to the individual and brought his family to the area in hopes of resolving the threat the man has made on his life, according to Arkansas State Police. 

The Arkansas State Police said it is committed to stay with the individual as long as necessary in an effort to protect his life and asks for the continued patience of motorists traveling through the immediate area.

WEST FORK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Both lanes of Interstate 49 near mile marker 51 are closed until further notice, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

Both the north and southbound lanes of the interstate near West Fork will remain closed until further notice Tuesday morning. The Fayetteville Crisis Negotiation Team is at the scene working to negotiate with a man threatening to jump off an overpass, according to Sergeant Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department.

Traffic is being diverted to State Highway 71 “until the incident is resolved,” police say.

Police advise large trucks to not attempt to travel back to I-49 via Highway 74 due to a large, steep hill located on switchback curves.

Stay with KNWA/FOX24 for further updates.

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