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Motorists brave winter weather

Motorists brave winter weather
Weakley County saw its first bout with winter weather over the course of the past two days. Icy roads and accumulations of frozen precipitation made driving conditions hazardous to motorists throughout the county. “Many of the roads are still in bad shape today, because of the freezing temperatures last night,” Weakley County Emergency Management Director Jamison Peevyhouse said on Wednesday. With the western portion of the county reporting two inches of frozen precipitation accumulation, local schools closed their doors for two days in anticipation of thawing roadways. Peevyhouse noted that very few accidents had been reported on Tuesday and Wednesday resulting in little to no injuries as cars slid off of icy roads. “Most everybody took their time and we have had very few accidents. Different portions of the county received various amounts of accumulation. Most of it should thaw today though with temperatures getting above freezing,” Peevyhouse added. Icy conditions were to blame for an accident involving an over-turned semi-tractor trailer on the overpass near Weakley County Motors late Tuesday night. At approximately 11:30 that night, the Martin Fire Department was dispatched to the overpass at the intersection of Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 45 for a report of an 18-wheeler on its side. The vehicle overturned on the driver’s side when it apparently hit a patch of ice on the highway bridge. Tim Bledsoe, the driver, was uninjured during the accident. Bledsoe was hauling bags of chipped fiberglass used to produce roof shingles. According to Joe Pearce of Pearce Truck and Auto in Martin, each bag weighed approximately 3,000 pounds. Pearce described the technique used by the company to return the vehicle to an upright position. Using two wreckers for stabilization, hydraulic lifts coupled with nylon recovery straps are utilized to lift the roof of the trailer off of the ground. The process took approximately three and a half hours. “That was actually pretty fast considering how dangerous the bridge was and we had limited space to work with. It was foggy and misting and that didn’t help. The bridge was so slick you could barely walk on it,” Pearce commented. He reported the trailer was a total loss and was unsure how much financial damage the truck sustained during the incident. A vehicle reportedly rear-ended the trailer of the truck as it lay on its side on the four-lane bridge and left the scene before emergency personnel responded to the accident. The MFD was on the scene for almost five hours. The Martin Police Department, Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, first responders and the Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded to the incident.

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