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Fatality I-49 Approaching West Fork Exit: Vehicle Skids Off Freeway

WEST FORK ( KFSM) — One fatality has been confirmed by Arkansas State Patrol at the site of a multi-car crash on North Interstate 49, south of the West Fo...

WEST FORK ( KFSM) -- One fatality has been confirmed by Arkansas State Patrol at the site of a multi-car crash on North Interstate 49, south of the West Fork exit.

There were additional injuries at the accident location, and icy road conditions have been reported by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

West Fork police confirm that one of their police officers stopped at the wrecks on Interstate 49.  He got out of his vehicle to help when another vehicle slid on ice and hit his cruiser.

The officer is fine even though he was not in the vehicle at the time.

Meanwhile, southbound and northbound traffic was completely blocked creating hefty delays.  Emergency crews routed traffic to Old Highway 71.

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5NEWS Photo. N I-49 before West Fork exit crash.