I-65 in Sumner County reopens after crash - WKRN News 2

I-65 in Sumner County reopens after crash

Posted: Updated: June 21, 2013 1:55 PM

Interstate 65 has reopened following an accident in Sumner County Friday afternoon.

The crash was reported around Noon at mile marker 103, near the Millersville exit.

Initial reports indicate multiple people were injured in the rollover crash. They were all transported by ambulance to Skyline Medical Center.

The crash victims' identities or conditions were not immediately known.

Officers at the scene said it appeared the group was traveling from Wisconsin. The SUV had several suitcases inside at the time of the wreck.

Witnesses said the SUV may have clipped an 18-wheeler before flipping at least three times.

Millersville officials said the stretch of road where the wreck happened is a constant area of concern.

"It is a very active stretch of highway for accidents," city manager Robert Mobley said. "We believe it is one of the most dangerous sections of i-65 from one end to the other."

Mobley said emergency responders work wrecks on the section near Bethel Road south of Whitehouse weekly and in some cases multiple times a day.

"Our fire department responds to literally dozens and dozens of accidents out there every year and unfortunately there are many injuries," he said. "We have had fire fighters and police officers injured on that stretch of highway while working these accidents."

TDOT is working on a plan to install message boards north of the winding section of road to warn drivers to slow down.

The section is winding and has low visibility in some areas.

"They just need to recognize that it is a really dangerous area," Mobley said. "There are warning signs out there recommending that drivers drop below the speed limit."

He continued, "They should not be on cell phones or anything that will distract them because visibility is limited."

Mobely said the new message boards should be in place by early 2014.

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