Residents want truckers to stay out of neighborhood - WSMV Channel 4

Residents want truckers to stay out of neighborhood

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Residents of the Woodbine neighborhood in south Nashville say their battle against the big rigs continues just hours after a fuel tanker overturned on a street it was never supposed to be on.

After ignoring clearly posted signs for trucks to keep out, a tanker carrying hundreds of gallons of fuel overturned on Glenrose Avenue in the Woodbine neighborhood Tuesday night.

"The fact that this truck could have caused an explosion just breaks our hearts for our neighborhood," said homeowner Tamara Price.

"This would have been a serious disaster. If fuel had leaked, if there had been a fire there, they would have had to evacuate," said David Morales, president of the Woodbine Neighborhood Association.

Foster Avenue connects two busy routes - Murfreesboro Road and Thompson Lane - and has become very attractive to truckers as a shortcut.

"They think - and it is - quicker to cut through the residential area even though there are large signs marking this a no truck zone," said homeowner Rick Schell.

Metro police stepped up, reducing the speed limit to 30 mph on Foster Avenue and adding patrols to keep an eye out for trucks.

"The truck drivers need to be on notice that they are going to be ticketed, and hopefully not just warned, that that's gonna cost them some money," Schell said.

Hundreds of cars travel the route. Add the trucks, and it can be downright dangerous.

"So, we see a lot of families walking with their children. It's very close to the road, and I know folks who are really nervous in their front yard, including my wife, about the traffic being so close ... I'm just talking about automobiles, but then you get these semis coming through and they're massive," Schell said.

"This neighborhood wants them to know that they're on notice," Price said.

Woodbine is a quiet neighborhood of 1,500 homes, and neighbors want to keep it that way.

The Woodbine Neighborhood Association says it has been fighting the trucking problem for the past three years.

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