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I-40 In Putnam County Reopened; Remains Slick

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Interstate 40 has been reopened after in Putnam County east of Cookeville after reports of multiple vehicles stuck. Officials said the roadway was iced over.

At least one crash was reported around 5 p.m. Monday at mile marker 303 near Monterey, Tennessee. Eastbound lanes were closed, and westbound lanes were partially blocked.

Dayla Qualls with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said several vehicles were having problems, including an unspecified number of cars and at least two tractor trailers, one of which was jackknifed.

The interstate was shut down between mile markers 296 and 310.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

As of 8:45 p.m. the crash had been cleared and the roadway opened. Traffic was stopped for so long that the area was still a little congested.

THP troopers and crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation responded to the scene, but Qualls said they also had problems on the slick roads.

Officials expected icing conditions to persist with temperatures in the area in the mid 20s overnight.

TDOT Region 2 spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said workers will continue to monitor all roadways throughout the night to make sure driving conditions remain safe.

"There is always potential this time of year for something like this to happen - an unexpected weather condition. The main thing is just to keep it slow in weather like this and if you do see any of our crews out there working on the roadways, give them a wide berth, let them do their jobs. They're not there to get in your way," said Flynn.

Officials said during treacherous conditions, if you don't have to get on the roadways, stay home.

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