Icy roadways cause widespread traveling hazards on Monday

by | January 11, 2018 6:24 am

Because of sub-freezing temperatures and the development of icy roads. on Monday morning, several collisions and stranded motorists created havoc for travelers. A portion of Charlie Curtiss Highway had to be temporarily closed due to a multi-vehicle collision. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Mother Nature found another way to create traffic hazards early Monday morning as the sub-freezing temperatures caused the development of ice on roadways and bridges throughout White County and resulted in multiple collisions and stranded vehicles.

Commuters on Charlie Curtiss Highway (Highway 70), previously known as Smithville Highway, had to seek alternate routes, on Monday morning, as emergency responders were forced to close a portion of the highway because of a multi-vehicle incident.

On Jan. 8, 2018, at approximately 5:27 a.m., dispatchers with White County E-911 Communications Center received notification of a multi-vehicle incident with possible injuries, on Charlie Curtiss Highway (Highway 70) near what is commonly referred to as the rock cut.

Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, White County Sheriff Department, Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad, and White County Emergency Medical Service were dispatched to the scene, as well as Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a work truck and a compact car were involved in a significant collision. Because of the sub-freezing temperatures, the roadway was slick with light ice buildup near the rock cut.

First responders shut down Charlie Curtiss Highway, at the Jerry Parker Road intersection, on the Sparta side, and rerouted traffic down Old Smithville Highway. Charlie Curtiss Highway remained closed for well over an hour, waiting on wrecker services to arrive and to remove the damaged vehicles.

Because of slick conditions across White County, E-911 dispatchers and emergency services were busy managing multiple collisions and vehicles that became stranded. Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools, ultimately cancelled classes, on Monday, because of the unsafe traveling conditions, especially in areas of higher elevation.

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