Tennessee winter storm claims fourth life

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Feb 16, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Four Tennesseans have died this week in relation to the winter storms that hit much of the country.

On Tuesday, a 9-year-old boy in Brentwood died in a sledding accident. Additionally, the Tennessee Department of Health reported one death in Maury County and two in Shelby County.

The state did not release details of their deaths. However, NewsChannel 3 in Memphis reported a 10-year-old boy who died after he and his sister fell through a frozen pond Sunday morning.

This week's winter storm has slammed the mid-state. Many county health departments closed because of dangerous road conditions, which meant COVID-19 vaccinations had to be rescheduled.

As of Tuesday morning, approximately 24,000 customers were without power statewide, and officials said it could take one to three days for power to be fully restored in some areas.

Even with the Tennessee Department of Transportation working around the clock to clear roads, ice and snow caused multiple wrecks on interstates and countless cars have gotten stuck or slid off of side roads.

A Storm 5 Alert has been extended through Thursday afternoon for a second winter storm that's expected to bring mixed accumulations of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the mid-state Wednesday night into Thursday.