- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A portion of northbound Interstate 555 in northeast Arkansas and a bridge over the interstate are closed after a tractor-trailer rig crashed into the overpass, then exploded and burned.

Jonesboro police spokesman Paul Holmes says 57-year-old Jackie Becker of Jonesboro was killed when the semi he was driving apparently went off the interstate Tuesday and crashed into a bridge abutment.

Holmes says there is no indication the semi was carrying hazardous materials.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle says engineers are inspecting the bridge and hope to reopen the interstate by the end of the week, while the overpass will remain closed to traffic indefinitely.

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