NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Snow and ice caused traffic tie-ups across the area early Tuesday morning, doubling and tripling commute times for many motorists.
Interstate 65, north of Nashville, was particularly bad. Traffic near the Interstate 24 interchange was at a standstill after several crashes.
The first accident occurred on I-65 South just north of West Trinity Lane at mile marker 88 around 5:30 a.m. Ninety minutes later, a semi-truck jackknifed in the exact same location. Southbound lanes were blocked for over an hour.
Another accident occurred around 7:10 a.m. in the northbound lanes just past I-24.
An SUV lost control and overturned. The driver was able to exit the vehicle on his own but was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
Traffic on I-24 West into Nashville from Murfreesboro and on I-40 East into Nashville from Bellevue was also extremely slow.
Secondary roads were also very icy in some spots and stayed that way through the morning hours.
An icy road left a motorist in southeast Nashville stranded for hours.
The Vera Mays thought she was coming upon standing water at the intersection of Cane Ridge Road and Old Franklin Road but it was actually ice.
Mays lost control of her car and it landed in a ditch.
"When I tipped over that hill I mean basically I started sliding. I couldn't do anything. I couldn't control it," said Mays.
The road was so bad even a tow truck wouldn't get close enough to free the woman's car.
The woman and a Metro police officer assisting her waited for several hours for a salt truck to arrive and treat the road
Many motorists like Mays felt Metro Nashville Public Works did not do enough to clear secondary roads. Public Works Spokesperson Jenna Smith says she understands motorists concerns, but says the procedures that are put in place is to maintain safer roads.
"The Public Works main responsibility is to the primary routes, to the places they need to go to. So that would be like hospitals, places of work, shopping centers things like that. The secondary routes that we clear are those that sort of funnel to the main arteries and that's about a third of all Metro routes. Metro has 5700 lane miles of roads, so we can't get to all of them, but we will get to them," said Smith.
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