Icy bridge causes serious accidents in Cumberland County

Icy bridge causes serious accidents in Cumberland County

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A car collided with a tractor-trailer in the Crab Orchard area of Cumberland County on I-40. A car collided with a tractor-trailer in the Crab Orchard area of Cumberland County on I-40.
The driver of this Honda CRV, which was towing another car, slammed into an 18-wheeler, almost flipping over. The driver of this Honda CRV, which was towing another car, slammed into an 18-wheeler, almost flipping over.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

CRAB ORCHARD (WATE) - Thursday morning's wintry weather caught many people off guard.

In some parts of Cumberland County, snow covered homes and cars. It also caused serious problems on the roadway.

Just before nine Thursday morning on I-40 near the Crab Orchard exit, several accidents were reported when a bridge became icy.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer C.J. Jaynes was one of the first emergency officials on the scene.

"As I came across the bridge, there was a wreck," said Jaynes. "There were four or five wrecks on the scene."

As we got our cameras out to get video of wrecked vehicles, another car lost control right in front of us.

The driver of this Honda CRV, which was towing another car, slammed into an 18-wheeler, almost flipping over.

The driver, who just wanted to be known as Glenn, was traveling from Pennsylvania with his wife and two small children.

"I seen the truck coming," said Glenn. "I seen the truck slowing down, so I went over in the left lane to pass, and immediately I noticed there is ice on the road. I just lost it."

Glenn says everyone in his family was uninjured in the accident. He says he's actually grateful the 18-wheeler was beside him when he lost control.

"The truck was actually a blessing to keep me straight," he said. "I hit the truck and hit the guardrail, and it just spun around. Praise God, everyone is safe."

The multiple wrecks at this location blocked both lanes of I-40 west for a short time. By ten, all the wrecks had been cleared.

"Everybody's fine," said Jaynes. "Everybody's shook up, but everyone is fine. There were no serious injuries."

The state trooper on the scene told 6 News they also worked an accident at the same bridge around six Thursday morning. He said after that accident, he had requested TDOT salt trucks.
        
Those salt trucks arrived to start treating the bridge shortly thereafter.

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