Driver has near-miss in massive Smith County rockslide - WSMV Channel 4

Driver has near-miss in massive Smith County rockslide

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CARTHAGE, TN (WSMV) -

With more rain comes more concern about rockslides in Middle Tennessee, particularly after a massive one early Thursday in Smith County.

The slide on Highway 25 is about 165 feet long, and one woman came dangerously close to being crushed by the falling rocks.

Cindi Brassell said she's terrified to get back on the highway where she was nearly killed.

Brassell was driving to work about 5 a.m. when the rocks began tumbling just outside of Carthage.

Brassell drove her black Nissan Sentra right into the rocks as they were still falling. The driver behind her dialed police and called out to see if Brassell was OK.

Now, Brassell's car is in the shop with damage to its front and underneath.

She was uninjured but was rattled about the near-miss.

"I'm looking back on it relieved I wasn't hurt or killed," she said.

Sheriff's officials say it was probably hard for Brassell to see the rocks, because at the time it was dark and foggy.

If she had been driving in that spot a few seconds earlier, the huge rocks would have likely flattened the car, officials said.

Sheriff's officials also have new concerns about the area, as Friday's rain could have made the area more unstable.

It could take road crews weeks to clear the road, which is traveled by nearly 3,000 drivers every day.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is urging truck drivers especially to not use Hartsville Pike to get around the landslide. They also don't want people going past the barriers to look at the rocks.

They say the area is extremely unstable and dangerous.

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