Sagging line slows traffic on I-26 in Kingsport

Rain Smith • Feb 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

A CenturyLink line that crosses over Interstate 26 in Kingsport drooped down into east and westbound lanes Tuesday morning, slowing traffic in both directions.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. at Exit 6 for Rock Springs Road. Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Sollie Rabun said the line is not believed to have been struck by a passing vehicle.

At 11:15 a.m., CenturyLink personnel were repairing the line. The majority of westbound traffic was being diverted off Exit 6 and back onto the interstate to avoid the line, with workers holding it up with a pole to let other motorists pass.

Interstate traffic was slowed by the incident, backing up approximately one mile in each direction.

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