MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After being closed for hours, traffic is moving again on the I-40 Hernando de Soto bridge and the I-55 bridge in downtown Memphis.
On the I-40 bridge, Memphis Police said about 9:45 a.m., they were notified by TDOT about a person that had gone over the edge of the bridge to the side underneath, walking on a platform. About 1:10 p.m., MPD said they were unable to locate anyone.
At about 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2023, TDOT cameras showed all of the eastbound lanes over the I-40 bridge shut down, with Memphis Police and first responders on the scene. As of 1:15 p.m., all eastbound lanes had reopened.
Arkansas Department of Transportation reported a crash about noon involving multiple vehicles blocked traffic moving into Memphis from Arkansas over the I-55 bridge. ARDOT confirmed to ABC24 that at least one person died in that crash.
The I-55 bridge reopened a short time after that once the crash was cleared.