Major rock slide blocks Highway 25 in Smith County - WKRN News 2

Major rock slide blocks Highway 25 in Smith County

Posted: Updated: May 9, 2013 12:58 PM
Photo courtesy Deanna Lambert, TDOT Photo courtesy Deanna Lambert, TDOT
Photo courtesy Deanna Lambert, TDOT Photo courtesy Deanna Lambert, TDOT
CARTHAGE, Tenn. -

A busy Smith County highway is blocked Thursday morning due to a large rockslide.

The Smith County Sheriff's Department told Nashville's News 2 both lanes of Highway 25, also known as the Dixon Springs Highway in Carthage are blocked after a major rockslide.

Officials said the rockslide happened just before 5 a.m. and is blocking a stretch of Highway 25 from the "overlook to the bait shop."

They added that recent heavy rains may have played a part in the rockslide.

The slide is approximately 200 feet wide. Some of the rocks continued to fall hours after the initial slide.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the rockslide. Officials told Nashville's News 2 they don't believe anyone is trapped underneath but they won't be sure until all of the rocks are removed.

It remains unknown how long it will take to remove the rock and reopen the road.

Officials said they had a slide at the same location a few weeks prior, but it wasn't as massive and they were able to quickly clear it and reopen the roadway.

A detour in place from State Route 263 to State Route 85 to State Route 80 has been put in place. Drivers must use the detour to get around the rockslide.

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