07/03/17  227-Ton Transformer Completes Trip


The heaviest load every permitted to travel on an Arkansas highway arrived at its destination Friday with 15 minutes to spare. The one million pound transport was permitted to travel 565 miles over two days only between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

The journey began Thursday morning at 9:00 and ended Friday afternoon at 2:45, averaging 10 to 15 miles per hour. The Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette reports, Southwestern Electric Power Company needed to move a 454 thousand pound autotransformer from its substation in Tonitown to a substation 10 miles southeast of Siloam Springs. The additional weight raising the total to more than 1 million pounds consisted of three trucks, a trailer used to haul the transformer and another trailer in back which organizers said helped with braking.

All five of these things were linked together to form the transport, which was longer than a football field. One truck pulled, while the other two pushed.

The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.