Icy Roads Blamed for Teen's Deadly Accident

Icy Roads Blamed for Teen's Deadly Accident

The winter storm is being blamed for a death in Dyer County. The Dyer County Sheriff says a 19-year-old woman from Newbern, Tennessee lost control of her car on a slick bridge, went down a steep embankment and was thrown from the car.
DYERSBURG, TN (abc24.com) - The winter storm is being blamed for a death in Dyer County. The Dyer County Sheriff says a 19-year-old woman from Newbern, Tennessee lost control of her car on a slick bridge, went down a steep embankment and was thrown from the car.

In Shelby County, there were more than a dozen reports of weather related crashes.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation had crews across west Tennessee concerned that melting snow will turn into sheets of ice on roads and bridges. There were several crews covering Dyer County where some areas received more than four inches of snow.

"You need to be careful at all times this time of year," said TDOT Assistant District Supervisor Michael Hicks.

Slick spots along Highway 51 were a big concern for TDOT as temperatures continued to fall.

"You do have the possibility of refreezing,” said Hicks. “We made sure everything was pushed back around the lines so when it did melt the water wouldn't run across the roads and refreeze.”

TDOT crews made their rounds checking interstates, highways, bridges, and other areas for any dangerous conditions. Believe it or not, crews say Mother Nature helped out this time around. They said Wednesday's windy weather helped dry the roads quickly.

"We were lucky it was a heavy snow, a wet snow, and with the winds we had a whole lot of blowing and drifting and it kind of stayed in place when we moved it,” stated Hicks.

TDOT says they cut back on the number of crews sanding and salting the roads Wednesday but they're keeping a watchful eye. They ask drivers to be safe especially in areas where the snow has turned into ice.
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