Pileup on Arkansas highway leaves 8 semis and 3 passenger cars in flames, drivers injured

BREAKING: Pileup on Arkansas highway leaves eight semis and three passenger cars in flames with drivers injured

The accident occurred on Interstate 30 in Hot Springs County, ArkansasArkansas Department of Transportation says that eight tractor-trailers and 3 passenger cars were involved in the accidentArkansas DOT reported that drivers were injured, but did not disclose how many or the nature of their injuriesA column of black smoke could be seen rising up into the sky over traffic backed up for miles along the westbound lanes of I-30 

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Emergency crews are responding to a fiery accident on Interstate-30 in Arkansas involving eight tractor-trailers and three passenger vehicles, the Arkansas Department of Transportation says.

Arkansas DOT reported there was at least one fatality and multiple injuries, but did not specify how many people were hurt or the extent of their injuries.

The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of highway in Hot Springs County, near Malvern.

The eastbound lanes of I-30 remain closed and backed up for miles approaching the carnage. Traffic is moving on slowly in the westbound lanes.

It remains unclear what caused the accident. 

A photo from the scene of the fiery pileup on I-30 in Arkansas. Eight semis are reportedly involved, and three passenger cars

Photos from the scene show shredded semis piled on top of each other and scattered across the highway, while a ball of fire consumes them and spreads across the median. 

A column of smoke could be seen rising up from the pyre. It was visible for miles, towering over the traffic backed up down the highway.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. 

A column of smoke rising from the burning wreckage of the accident. Arkansas DOT said there were injuries, but did not specify how man or their nature

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