Clarksville, TN – A few more crashes trickled in during the night for a total of 56 reported traffic crashes from 5:00pm yesterday until 5:00am today. Thirty-seven of the crashes were inside the city limits and nineteen were on county roads. Precipitation remained almost all sleet until well after midnight.
Several crashes resulted in overturned vehicles, but the number of injury crashes has been low. Cars went off the road and had to be abandoned all over town.The Clarksville/Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center reopened at 5:00am to monitor road conditions and calls-for-service.
Patrol cars have been getting repeatedly stuck in North Clarksville and in the downtown area. Patrol Officers are reporting that even the main roads right now are in terrible condition and seem to be even worse than they were last week.
Vehicle traffic is very light at the moment. The Saint Bethlehem area was the scene of many of the crashes. Sergeant Fontella Jones, the CPD night shift supervisor for that area stated emphatically and succinctly, ” Stay home if you can!”
This release is not being sent from the EOC. I (Lt. Steve Warren) attempted to reach the EOC at about 4:30am. I traveled about five feet from my parking space before becoming hopelessly stuck. A tow truck is enroute.