Smithville Highway closed due to collision

By | January 8, 2018 6:40 am

Commuters on Smithville Highway (Hwy 70) had to seek alternate routes this morning as emergency responders were forced to close a portion of Smithville Highway due to a multi-vehicle incident.

At approximately 5:27 a.m., White County E-911 dispatchers received notification of a multi-vehicle incident with possible injuries on Smithville Highway (Hwy 70) near the rock cut.

Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, White County Sheriff Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and White County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the scene. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was also dispatched to the scene due to the roadway being a state highway.

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

First responders had to shut down Smithville Highway at the Jerry Parker Road intersection on the Sparta side and was rerouting traffic down Old Smithville Highway. According to law enforcement, the roadway is expected to be closed for approximately one hour while wreckers arrive and remove the vehicles.

Due to slick conditions across White County, there have been multiple reports of wrecks on secondary and primary roadways. White County Public Schools have closed today, Jan. 8, due to inclement weather as well.

Motorist are advised to use caution if they must travel this morning.

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