Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OF 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

         Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported: April 8, 2002)

                             HEARTLAND EXPRESS, INC.

               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

           NEVADA                                                93-0926999
(State or Other Jurisdiction           0-15087                 (IRS Employer
       of Incorporation)       (Commission File Number)      Identification No.)

         2777 Heartland Drive
           Coralville, Iowa                                         52241
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                         (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (319) 545-2728


Arthur Andersen LLP is currently the independent auditors for Heartland Express,
Inc. (the Company).  On April 5, 2002, management of the Company notified Arthur
Andersen LLP that their  appointment  as  independent  auditors  was  terminated
effective April 5, 2002. KPMG LLP was engaged as independent  auditors effective
upon Arthur  Andersen  LLP's  termination.  The decision to change  auditors was
approved by the Board of Directors.

In  connection  with the audits of the two fiscal years ended  December 31, 2001
and 2000, and the subsequent interim period through April 5, 2002, there were no
disagreements with Arthur Andersen LLP on any matter of accounting principles or
practices,  financial  statement  disclosure,  or auditing  scope or procedures,
which disagreements if not resolved to their satisfaction would have caused them
to make reference in connection  with their opinion to the subject matter of the

The  audit  reports  of  Arthur  Andersen  LLP  on  the  consolidated  financial
statements of Heartland Express, Inc. as of and for the years ended December 31,
2001 and 2000, did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, nor
were they qualified or modified as to  uncertainty,  audit scope,  or accounting
principles. A letter from Arthur Andersen LLP is attached as Exhibit XX.1.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended,
the  Registrant  has duly  caused  this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                                    HEARTLAND EXPRESS, INC.

                                                 BY: /s/  John P. Cosaert
                                                        JOHN P. COSAERT
                                                     Finance and Treasurer

Dated:  April 5, 2002


Exhibit  XX.1 Letter from Arthur  Andersen  LLP to the  Securities  and Exchange
Commission dated April 5, 2002.

                                  EXHIBIT XX.1

April 5, 2002

Office of the Chief Accountant
Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street N W
Washington, D.C. 20549

Dear Sir/Madam:

We have read Item 4 included  in the Form 8-K dated  April 8, 2002 of  Heartland
Express, Inc. to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are in
agreement with the  statements  contained  therein,  except that we are not in a
position to agree or disagree with Heartland Express,  Inc.'s statement that the
change was approved by the Board of Directors.

Very truly yours,


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