Pothole on I-65 to blame for blown tires - WKRN News 2

Pothole on I-65 to blame for blown tires

Posted: Updated: Feb 5, 2014 06:57 PM

Two people reportedly blew their tires after driving over a pothole in an area of construction on Interstate 65 Wednesday morning.

Metro police said the pothole was near the I-65/I-24 interchange where construction is being done to the ramp.

The first driver, Sheila Webb, blew both tires on the passenger's side of her car.

"I always try to be careful there, but this morning I just hit it. I didn't see it. Pretty good jolt.  There are no shoulders on the road, so I just rolled on my rims to the gas station here on Trinity Lane so I wouldn't block traffic," she told News 2.

A second driver also blew one tire in the same area around 6:30 a.m.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation was able to respond and fix the tire quickly.

Both vehicles have low-profile tires, which could have contributed to the problem.

"A low profile tire really doesn't have any height to the tire, so basically any impact is going to go to that tire and also to the wheel," said Mike Marcum, the regional supervisor for Firestone.

While crews are fixing potholes as fast as they can, drivers can also do something to prevent the problem themselves.

"Right now, the cold temperatures, I mean, it could cause--10 degrees in temperature will cause a one pound loss in your tires, so the biggest thing, with potholes especially, is to make sure you have the proper tire pressure," Marcum explained.

TDOT officials say it's important for drivers to take the initiative and let them know where the potholes are popping up.

Read more on pothole repairs and how to report one at TDOT.State.TN.US.

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