Trousdale deputy crash
 
 

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Road conditions are hazardous throughout Middle Tennessee after freezing drizzle fell through the night.

Metro Police responded to hundreds of wrecks in Davidson County on the interstates, highways and side streets.

Numerous wrecks were reported in outlying counties as cars slid off the roadways because of icy conditions.

In Trousdale County, a sheriff's deputy had minor injuries when his patrol car entered a curve and hit black ice. Deputy Bryan Emberton's patrol car slid off the roadway and rolled down an embankment.

In Nashville, the Office of Emergency Management announced extreme cold weather overflow shelter would open on Sunday and Monday nights at 7:00 at the Nashville Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave.

Nashville Electric Service said it was preparing for the possibility of outages due to severe winter weather. Ice and snow can snap power lines and knock out power to thousands of customers.

NES recommends customers to make sure they have a fully-charged cell phone, extra cell phone battery, flashlight and batteries in case of a power outage.

WeGo Public Transit reported it would be on snow routes on Sunday.

Metro Public Health Department said COVID-19 vaccinations at the Music City Center would continue as scheduled.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is preparing for travel impacts as the approaching winter weather system is forecasted to bring ice and heavy snow to large portions of the state, especially in Middle and West Tennessee.

TDOT urges drivers to be alert to changing weather conditions, and based on information from the National Weather Service, is urging drivers to avoid travel between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning.

“Our supplies are stocked, and our crews are mobilized,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said in a news release. “We need drivers to understand that it takes time to clear and treat the roads, and it is never safe to travel in icy conditions. If you must get out, please be mindful of our crews. Work with us, move over and slow down.”

Jack-knife truck - 2/14/21

Jack-knife truck - 2/14/21

 

Crews have been applying salt-brine pre-treatment to TDOT-owned roads throughout the state and treating freezing fog issues throughout the weekend. Once the storm begins, TDOT will be operating trucks 24 hours a day throughout the event.

TDOT will be temporarily expanding its HELP roadside assistance program in Middle and West Tennessee beginning to cover all of I-40 between Memphis and Nashville. HELP operators will be performing wellness checks and monitoring roadway conditions.

In Williamson County, several roads were impacted by icy conditions, according to Williamson County Emergency Management.

In Murfreesboro, law enforcement reported several icy roads. Murfreesboro Police said there has been more than 30 crashes reported since 6 a.m. Sunday.

Several roads were impacted there by icy conditions, including Northfield Boulevard at North Tennessee Boulevard, Blue Raider Bridge over Broad Street, Medical Center Parkway, Rutherford Boulevard at Chandler Drive, Memorial Boulevard, especially near Dejarnette Lane, the 500 block of Fortress Boulevard, Blaze Drive near Fire Station 11, North Rutherford Boulevard at Norris and South Church Street.

MTSU also announced the campus would be closed on Sunday. A decision on whether to close campus on Monday will be made later Sunday or early Monday morning.

In Wilson County, authorities worked several crashes in the cities and in the county.

Cumberland University announced students would attend class virtually on Monday and Tuesday because of the weather conditions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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