Construction making it hard for first responders to maneuver through traffic

Posted at 3:23 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 19:22:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Getting through construction on 440 during rush hour can be a challenge but have you been there when first responders are needed? Driver say now that's a challenge.

"There's no where to go, you got two lanes and they're both congested," said one driver.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller wants to remind drivers of the "Move Over Law" this means if you see a first responder, tow truck or a car with its hazard light on who must move over to the next lane.

"If there's an area of construction or if there's no where for you to move over then you're simply required to slow down and go through the area at a safe reasonable speed," said Miller.

This was a problem drivers along I-440 found themselves in over the holiday weekend.

"Even now with just a small crash you saw how far it backed up, so it’s absurd."

It was fender bender after fender bender on the two-lane interstate; one driver said one car hit the breaks every car behind it slammed into one another.

"There was a car in front of that white one over there and I guess it was swerving or something and it stopped, and this one stopped, that one stopped, I stopped, and I got hit from behind and it just kept going for another four or five cars."

And by the time the police were called the waiting continued.

"Probably about 10 minutes or so, it took him a while," the driver said.

The officer with lights and sirens on had to maneuver through congestion to get to the scene, and with that all said law enforcement officials just want to remind drivers to simply slow down and move over.

Construction on I-440 isn't wrapping up anytime soon. Road work on the interstate picks back up tomorrow morning at 6.