Hazardous road conditions make travel difficult
Jared Felkins email@example.com
Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Emergency crews report hazardous road conditions from west to east in Wilson County on Monday morning.
Steady rain followed by a cold front left some ice accumulation on roadways across Wilson County overnight Sunday.
At 7:45 a.m., Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said officers were at the scene of seven wrecks and one with injuries. He said the only road reported closed was the southbound lane of Sparta Pike at Interstate 40. Police re-opened Sparta Pike at about 8:30 a.m.
As of 10 a.m., Lebanon officers responded to 42 wrecks within the city limits.
"The roads are in bad shape," Bowen said. "We are asking everyone to stay off of them if they can."
Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper said he wasn't aware of any road closures, but hazardous conditions kept paramedics busy Monday morning mainly on Interstate 40.
"There have been no serious injuries thus far," said Cooper.
Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler said more than a dozen wrecks were reported Monday morning in Mt. Juliet, including an ambulance that slid off the road on Rutland Drive at Beckwith Road and a tractor trailer blocking the on ramp at exit 223 eastbound on I-40 earlier Monday morning.
"We have our hands full," Chandler said. "Roads are extremely hazardous and dangerous. Stay home. It is too risky to drive."