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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Crews responded to several wrecks and spin-outs during the Thursday morning commute.
When the first cars were hitting the road, crews around Knoxville were just beginning to get a handle on the massive amounts of snow that fell overnight. Many side streets were still covered long after the snow stopped.
It wasn't just stacking up on the pavement, but also on the trees. That blanket of snow was too much for at least one of the trees along Clinton Highway forcing it to crash to the ground.
"I was going really slow, but you couldn't see the tree until you were right on it and I tried to go around it," said Tammy Wagner. "So I landed on the top of the tree."
Wagner says she never considered staying home from her job at Children's Hospital.
"I work at a hospital, and hospitals don't stop no matter what," said Wagner.
As the sun came up, another wave of moderate snow moved in leading to another round of accidents.
A car on Alcoa Highway hit a utility pole, blocking the entrance to Governor John Sevier Highway for at least an hour.
"A lot of people sliding off in the ditch," said Andy Parker with Anytime Towing. "A lot of people can't get home because they are sliding up their driveway."
The accident on Alcoa Highway was just one of many wrecks Parker responded to since starting his shift at midnight.
"I've done around nine, "said Parker. "The company has done around 30. Today will be a lot busier because everybody waited till the daytime."
Those cars are now littering the sides of several roadways as people wait for the snow to start melting and conditions to improve.
Tow companies don't expect to get to all of those cars until at least the beginning of the weekend.