National Guard rescues drivers after I-40 shut down due to ice

National Guard rescues drivers after I-40 shut down due to ice

Posted: Updated: Feb 13, 2014 10:13 AM
Crossville, Tenn. (Courtesy: Robert Thatch) Crossville, Tenn. (Courtesy: Robert Thatch)
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -

The National Guard was called to rescue stranded drivers on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County Thursday morning.

A portion of the interstate stretching nearly 20 miles, from mile marker 321 near Crossville to mile marker 340 in Roane County, was shut down around 1:30 a.m. due to snow and ice.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol told News 2 some drivers were stranded due to the road conditions.  The National Guard was called for help.

Stranded victims were rescued and taken to Stone Memorial High School.

The ordeal began with a jack-knifed trailer on eastbound lanes at mile marker 331, leading to a closure.

Officials then decided to shut the interstate down for some time after checking the conditions.

The interstate reopened just before 3 a.m., but snow was still falling and officials said that stretch of Interstate 40 was still treacherous.

Drivers are urged to proceed with extreme caution if they must drive through the Crossville area.

The National Guard was called to rescue stranded drivers onInterstate 40 Thursday morning.

 

The interstate is coated with ice near mile marker 321,right outside of Crossville, which led to a complete shut down of the roadway.

 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol told News 2 some drivers were stranded due to the road conditions.  TheNational Guard was called for help.

 

Further details were not immediately released.

 

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