Fog was heavy on Vietnam Veterans Parkway in Hendersonville Friday morning, December 2, 2011. Fog one day earlier led to a massive pileup.
Emergency crews worked through the fog to help several victims in the massive crash on Thursday, December 1, 2011.
Police said visibility on a raised stretch of road was already limited Thursday morning. There were also several patches of black ice.
A school bus, a preschool bus and a tractor trailer were involved. There were students on the school bus, but none were injured.
A stretch of Vietnam Veterans Blvd was closed for nearly six hours as crews worked to clear the scene.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Sumner County officials said no incidents were reported Friday morning on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard, despite a second day of heavy fog and low visibility in an area where poor conditions caused a massive pileup.
One man was killed and at least 18 others were injured after four crashes on eastbound lanes involving more than 50 cars on Thursday around 7 a.m.
More than 130 additional vehicles were stuck on a roughly two-mile stretch because of the massive pileup. PHOTOS: One Killed In 55-Car Pileup
District Chief Ray McLaughlin with the Hendersonville Fire Department compared the crash to a racetrack accident, saying "everyone started bouncing off one another."
As they entered the fog, drivers said they could hear the sound of screeching brakes and crushing metal.
"Thick cloud almost, you couldn't see probably five feet," said one driver.
A nearly half-mile stretch of the road was built elevated over the ground, making the exposed portions more susceptible to icing conditions.
Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation were out Thursday night spraying a saltwater mixture to keep the fog from freezing on the ground.
Officials from the Sumner County Emergency Management Agency monitored road conditions through the morning and were prepared to shut the road down if necessary. Fortunately they said there were no problems.
Killed in Thursday's crash was 28-yearold Paul Warren. Police said Warren's vehicle slammed into the back of a U.S. Post Office truck. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Hendersonville, an avid golfer and had only gotten married six weeks ago.
Police said several of the vehicles involved had not completely cleared the frost off their windshields, adding to the poor visibility in the fog.
"One of the things I noticed yesterday, people don't take the time to clear their windshields, their back windows or side windows," said Ken Weidner with the Sumner County EMA. "They drive around with heavy frost on them. That's another issue that keeps you from being able to see as well as you can."
Drivers have been advised that if they encounter fog, they should slow down - and not stop quickly if they can avoid it. Even brake lights can be difficult to see in heavy fog. Officials said drivers should also allow extra time to make sure their windows are clear before heading out.