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Icy Conditions Cause Problems For Drivers

Posted at 10:53 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 23:45:40-05

Slick roads have already caused problems for many drivers as another round of snow hit the area.

Numerous crashes were reported early Tuesday morning as commuters began hitting the roads.

A 5-vehicle crash involving a semi blocked lanes of Interstate 40 in Dickson County near Highway 48.

Officials with the Dickson Police Department said roads there "are slicker than owl snot on a frozen stump" and urged caution.

Several secondary and side streets remain slick, which prompted school closings across the area.

Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Metro Nashville were seen putting salt and brine on roads.

TDOT worker Todd Davidson urged drivers to remain cautious as he prepared to head out on another job. 

The dusting of snow that fell Monday night particularly created dangerous road conditions Wilson County. 

A head-on crash happened on Lebanon Road near South Greenhill Road around 7:45 p.m. Police said a third car couldn't stop due to the slick roads and hit the 2-car crash.

No life-threatening injuries were reported. A car also spun out on I-40 East along with other reports of crashes on city roads.

One homeowner in Bellevue had two drivers hit his fence in two separate crashes.

Donald Fulcher says he's used to drivers crashing into his fence when roads get slick. Two vehicles crashed separately...

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Authorities have encouraged people to stay off the roads if possible. 

TDOT posted the following update Tuesday morning: 

  • District 37 - (Nashville): crews are treating state secondary routes as needed and isolated interstate bridges, ramps as needed. Interstates in good shape but motorists are advised to keep an eye out for freezing on ramps, bridges, and overpasses.
  • District 38 - (Clarksville & McEwen): Crews in the northern counties are salting where needed and monitoring roadways. Southern counties have full crews on stand by and are monitoring roadways. All routes are currently open.
  • District 39 - (Lawrenceburg & Lewisburg including Rutherford County): Very light occasional flurries only throughout the district.
  • All lanes on I-24 are open and passable, running at 55-60 mph. Most counties have a layer of salt down.