- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

FULTON, Ark. (AP) - A woman who went into the Little Red River from an Interstate 30 bridge in southwestern Arkansas as a skidding 18-wheeler slid toward her remained missing Monday as search teams with a net and sonar equipment failed to locate her.

The search was to resume Tuesday morning, weather permitting, according to Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, which was leading the search.

Stephens said snow was possible in the region and could delay resumption of the search.

State police said three motorists were outside their vehicles following a traffic accident early Saturday when two apparently jumped into the river as a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the icy pavement and skidded in their direction. However, Stephens said Monday that it wasn’t known whether they jumped or another vehicle knocked them in.

While one person was rescued almost immediately, the second remained missing Monday. Stephens said crews on Monday worked downstream from the Interstate 30 bridge at Fulton in their search for the woman.

He said the river is 25 feet deep in places, but can be shallower in different parts of its main channel. Search crews didn’t know whether the woman floated downstream in the swift-moving water or was hung up in the roots of trees along the river bank.

“It is our understanding she went right into the water,” Stephens said.

The temperature at the time of the accident was 29 degrees.

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