DICKSON, Tenn. (WTVF) — Significant delays were reported on Interstate 40 in Dickson County after officials closed the roadway while they investigated a possible bomb in a vehicle.
The incident was reported early Friday morning between mile makers 176 and 181.
Police shut down the roadway in both directions while they remained on scene. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said its Special Operations Unit is helping the Dickson County Sheriff's Office investigate.
BREAKING: Drivers should avoid I 40 in Dickson County. THP is investigating a possible bomb inside a car. East bound and west bound lanes are closed from Exit 182 to Exit 176. pic.twitter.com/VUaNlDhKBa
— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) March 15, 2019
According to police, Deputy Brandon Fladmom was heloing a motorist on I-40 when another car pulled up. The man driving the car told the officer that he had a bomb under his vehicle and that a juvenile was holding the detonator.
Crews used robots as part of the investigation.
Police are no longer on scene but it’s still unclear what was inside the vehicle.
“We treat everything as if it is real so we can keep everybody safe. Safety is our ultimate goal of all parties involved,” said said THP Lt. Travis Plotzer.
No additional details are known but the driver of that reported there was a bomb under his vehicle was transported to Horizon Medical Center for evaluation.