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April 16, 2014

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Snow And Slick Roads Wreak Havoc
For Motorists And Crews

Originally published: 2014-01-29 10:41:22
Last modified: 2014-01-29 10:43:48
 


BY O.J. EARLY AND KEN LITTLE

STAFF WRITERS

From Mohawk to Camp Creek, roads countywide Tuesday night and this morning looked much like an ice rink.

"We plowed and salted multiple times throughout the night," Greene County Road Superintendent David Weems said. "We've got enough salt that the traction seems to be decent on main roads."

More than 20 minor accidents were reported since Tuesday afternoon, local law enforcement officials said.

Main roads in the county have improved some, Weems said. Backroads and side streets, in the city and county, remained snow-covered and slick this morning.

In Greeneville, Department of Public Works Assistant Director William Barner said early this morning that "With the sun coming up, we're continuing to scrape with the snow plows, so we hope that conditions will improve,"

Several main roads in Greeneville -- such as the Andrew Johnson Highway and Summer Street -- were "slushy, but passable," Barner said.

"We expect some melting today ... but any shaded areas or mountain roads that the sun doesn't directly hit we don't expect much melting," Weems said. "I still urge motorists that, if you don't have to be out, stay home."

ACCIDENTS

Sheriff's deputies reported about 20 calls overnight relating to minor wrecks and vehicles sliding off the road.

Road conditions were "slick," said sheriff's Deputy Mark McCalin, who worked the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

"There were not a lot of wreck calls," McLain said.

Two separate minor accidents without injury involved a sheriff's patrol car, on Holder Road, and a Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services ambulance, on Fairview Road.

The ambulance wasn't transporting a patient. The patrol car slid into another vehicle after deputies got out to investigate another car off the road, McLain said.

Dispatchers received numerous calls from citizens asking about road conditions.

They were all given the same advice: "Stay home. If you don't have to go out, don't," McLain said. "All the roads were slick. Just use commion sense."

Greeneville police working overnight received more than 15 calls about wrecks, most of them minor.

"A lot of them were (in) parking lots. A lot of them were minimal," Officer Kevin Guinn said.

Officers had switched over to four-wheel-drive vehicles by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Calls to Greeneville police gradually increased Tuesday afternoon and reached a peak between 3 and 4 p.m., "when the factories got out," Officer Kevin Gass said.

He estimated there were between 10 and 15 wrecks Tuesday afternoon.

"Some were vehicles stuck in the roadway," Gass said. "It would have been worse if schools (were open).

"We've worked through worse," Gass said.

One troublesome area in Greeneville was Hankins Road, particularly the hill that intersects with Snapps Ferry Road.

One vehicle after another slid down the hill, with several ending up in a ditch near the intersection before police closed the road about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Near the intersection, a compact car slid under a tractor trailer that had stopped for another vehicle on Snapps Ferry Road.

"She couldn't stop and slid right into my tandem," driver Randall Taffeteller said. "Roads like this -- it's real slick. I'm over 30,000 pounds, and it's still slick now."

The two occupants of the car were not injured, and a Greeneville police officer who arrived was soon directing traffic on Snapps Ferry Road at the Hankins Road intersection, as cars slid down the hill.

Staff Writer Sarah Gregory contributed to this article.

 
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