Middle Tennessee blanketed in snow, causing crashes across the region

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jan 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-07 07:09:48-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As heavy snow moves into Tennessee, the road conditions are beginning to deteriorate.

Roads across Middle Tennessee are covered in snow as the region remains under a winter storm warning until 8 p.m. Crashes all over Middle Tennessee have been reported on Thursday.

Authorities are urging everyone to stay home and off the roads if possible. If you have to get out, use extreme caution. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said you must drive and need roadway assistance, call *847.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation prepared for the weather on Wednesday by treating the roads with brine. Now that the snow has made its way to the area, TDOT has crews out plowing the snow and icing the roads.

TDOT will clear roads based on a priority list, starting with main roads like interstates and high traffic routes. Then, crews will move to secondary state routes. County and city roads will fall to their respective transportation departments.

Davidson County

3:42: Stewart's Ferry Pike is reopened.

3:06 p.m. update: TDOT officials said traffic is beginning to move on Interstate 40 east at mm 245 near Lebanon. They were told seven to 8 semis were stuck on the road because they couldn't make it up the hill. Crews worked to push them up the hill or off of the road entirely with one lane open.

Clarksville Pike has reopened near Kings Lane.

Interstate 24 east at the Sillman-Evans Bridge close to downtown has just reopened.

12:56 p.m. update:
Troopers are responding to a crash involving nine cars on Interstate 65 N. at Old Hickory Boulevard. THP said there are seven passenger cars and two commercial vehicles involved, causing the interstate to be blocked until crews can clean up the area. One lane has since reopened.


12:48 p.m. update:
A jack-knifed semi is blocking the exit ramp to Charlotte Avenue on I-40 E and one eastbound lane.

12:43 p.m. update:
One lane of I-40 E. at Stewarts Ferry Pike has reopened after a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled fuel.

12:08 p.m. update:
I-65 northbound at Old Hickory Boulevard is shut down due to a crash.

10:26 a.m. update:
Metro police said Briley Parkway is southbound between Two Rivers Parkway and Lebanon Pike is blocked by a multi-vehicle crash. In East Nashville, the 500 block of Broadmoor Drive is closed due to vehicles unable to navigate the slick hill.

In the Germantown area of Nashville, a fire truck and bus collided on Jefferson Street.

WeGo said a firetruck hit the back end of the bus while on an emergency call, causing the bus to spin around and block the street. The driver and two passengers from the bus and two firemen were taken to the hospital to be treated.

Montgomery County

12:45 p.m. update:
Clarksville police said officers have responded to 65 vehicle crashes so far on Thursday, with 15 still active.

Dickson County

12 p.m. update:
Several roads in Dickson County have been closed as emergency managers wait for TDOT salt and plow trucks.

  • Hwy 48 from Charlotte to Montgomery County Line
  • Hwy 49 from Charlotte to Cheatham County Line
  • Hwy 96 at Spencer Mill Road

Rutherford County

10:58 a.m. update:
Murfreesboro police said officers have responded to multiple crashes, stranded vehicles, jack-knifed semis and cars in ditches.

10:51 a.m. update:
Officials said Weakley Lane and Couchville Pike are impassable due to vehicle accidents.

9:15 a.m. update:
Deputies responded to at least nine crashes so far. Five crashes reportedly caused injuries: State Route 96 E.; I-24 at mile marker 92; Weakley Lane at Fate Sanders; Independent Hill Road off State Route 96 W. The Sheriff's Office reported four other crashes that did not cause injuries: Cynthia Lane off U.S. Highway 231; Burnt Knob Road near Almaville; I-24 at mile marker 86; Old Nashville Highway at Scenic Drive.

Sumner County

1:48 p.m. update:
Highway 31 E. from Phillips Hollow Road to Highway 52 is closed.

10 a.m. update:
Emergency staff said they are responding to a crash at Bledsoe Creek Bridge that has shut down the roadway, causing traffic into Gallatin; Crashes were also reported at Rockland Road, Stop 30, Red River and S. Water.