PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – Both directions of the Spur were closed Thursday afternoon due to a downed tree, rockslide and crash – at different points on the Spur, according to officials with GSMNP and Pigeon Forge police.
Park service spokesperson Jamie Sanders offered the information to WATE 6 On Your Side to clarify to viewers the different scenes happening on the Spur.
Northbound Spur – downed tree
A downed tree on the Northbound Spur at Huskey Grove Road before the tunnel was blocking the roadway.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials telling WATE 6 On Your Side that the bank was also not stable and they were working to get traffic off the roadway and stabilize the bank.
Southbound Spur – rockslide & vehicle accident
Officials with GSMNP said Thursday afternoon park rangers were responding to reports of a rockslide on the Spur south of the Welcome Center.
There was also a “significant car accident” in that area as well.
GSMNP rangers, emergency responders and maintenance personnel were on the scene.
The Pigeon Forge Police Department also saying there was also a motor vehicle accident. No further details were available.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the Spur were closed as crews were working to remove the hazards, park officials said.
Pigeon Forge police also saying the closure was located at Traffic Light #10 in Pigeon Forge going toward Gatlinburg.
There was also some flooding and receding water in the area.
Detour set up
Pigeon Forge police says the traffic detour to Gatlinburg will be set up at Traffic Light #8 at Dollywood Lane:
“Motorists can take Dollywood Lane to Upper Middle Creek Road, then turn right onto Birds Creek Road to Glades Road to Hwy 321 East Gatlinburg.
Please drive with caution in these areas.”
Severe weather in the area
There have been multiple pop-up severe storms in the area.
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