Claiborne County crews prepare for winter weather

Claiborne County crews prepare for winter weather

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Car stuck off embankment after flipping due to ice Car stuck off embankment after flipping due to ice
Responders to wreck had to have road crews come out and lay down gravel for traction after getting stuck Responders to wreck had to have road crews come out and lay down gravel for traction after getting stuck
Road crews are busy treating roads for winter weather tonight in Claiborne County Road crews are busy treating roads for winter weather tonight in Claiborne County

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) - On top of Sunday night's winter weather, some areas were already dealing with snow and ice left behind from the storm that hit on Friday.

Salt truck crews in places like Claiborne County were out all morning long, trying to get rid of the ice that remained, while also preparing the roads for what's expected to fall overnight.

The ice led to a messy morning for drivers all across the county.

Icy streets are to blame for nearly a dozen accidents, with cars slipping and sliding off the roads, primarily in rural areas of Claiborne County.

The Claiborne County Sheriff's Department says much of the ice thawed out Saturday, but refroze overnight amidst freezing temperatures.

"This morning, the temperature had dropped below freezing and you couldn't really tell where the ice was at," said Claiborne County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Williams. "It was a bad issue this morning before the sun came up."

The ice led to a rollover accident along Clouds Road in New Tazewell.

The driver involved told deputies she slid off the side of the road after hitting some black ice, before rolling over the steep embankment.

"That area is notorious when snow and ice comes as being one of the last places to thaw out," said Williams.

Salt trucks spent several hours Sunday morning pre-treating roads across the county.

"As much as they can while they can," said Williams.

The Claiborne County Highway Department had to refill all five of their salt trucks with a salt-truck mixture Sunday afternoon before heading back out.

Williams says extra deputies and emergency responders will be on call all night Sunday and into Monday morning in the event of any accidents as a result of the winter weather.

"We'll be working all night making sure we have enough people out to get to people," said Williams.

The Sheriff's Department is urging people who don't absolutely have to get out on the roads to stay at home.

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