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Ice storm refreeze snarls I-40, I-55 traffic

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (FOX13) -

Icy roads had things not just slow-going for the past few days. It wasn't going at all.

Traffic on I-40 and I-55 in eastern Arkansas has been backed up for miles leaving drivers stranded in their vehicles for hours.

At points Tuesday, traffic on the highway didn't move for hours. As soon as you thought traffic started moving again, the brake lights came on.

Even 48 hours after the ice storm roared through there seems to be no end in sight for this traffic.

"I just shut the car off," said Sean Moorhouse. "For six hours we didn't move one inch."

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Hundreds have been stranded in their vehicles on I-40 in eastern Arkansas for hours.

"We were in our car for 28 hours from San Antonio to Memphis," Moorhouse said. "There was families with small kids sitting on the side of the road with small kids not moving for hours."

"Outside of Dallas," added Gee Crichton. "Took us, I think it was four or five hours to get through."

Sleet- and ice-covered roads and bridges turned stop and go traffic into a complete stop.

"Being from Idaho, there was nobody plowing the roads and they had heavy equipment on the side of the road doing nothing," Moorhouse said. "Then we saw one plow truck on a side road plowing instead of the highway."
 
Truck stops have been packed with 18-wheelers that are shutting down a second day.

"As soon as the rigs hit the bridges and most of the bridges had ice on them, they slowed down," Crichton said.

Many people slept in their vehicles overnight in the stalled I-40 traffic. They were thankful when they were finally able to get out, for some, 28 hours later.

"It's been an experience that's for sure," Crichton said.

I-55 was backed up as well earlier, partly because of the icy road conditions, but there was also an overturned 18-wheeler that caused some rubbernecking issues.

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