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Update: Major Sullivan roadways reopened after morning black ice incidents

January 2nd, 2014 1:36 pm by Staff Report

Update: Major Sullivan roadways reopened after morning black ice incidents

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Update: 10:35 a.m. 

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports major roads in the county have been reopened.

Motorists are urged to continue using caution, as slick spots are still possible. Emergency responders and tow trucks are also still working to clear crashes from earlier this morning.


Motorists across the region are urged to use caution this morning as black ice has triggered numerous wrecks, essentially closing down a pair of major thoroughfares in Sullivan County. 

As of 9 a.m. the Sullvian County Sheriff's Office had reports of more than 40 crashes in their jurisdiction. More than a dozen vehicles have slid off Highway 11W between Kingsport and Bristol, with numerous incidents also along Interstate 26 between Johnson City and Kingsport.

Two icy patches on Highway 11W collected approximately one dozen vehicles each: between Crown Colony and Arcadia Drive in Kingsport; between Johnson's Chapel Road and Deck Valley Road just outside Bristol. A multi-vehicle wreck has also closed Orebank Road at East Stone Drive. 

At 8:30 a.m. Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says the upper end of 11W near Bristol is essentially closed. Meanwhile, a section of Highway 394 is closed, from Interstate 81's exit 69 to Highway 11 W.

At 8:25 a.m. Washington County, Tenn. Central Dispatch was working nine vehicle crashes, while multiple incidents were reported along Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. 

There are also multiple traffic issues in the Johnson City area. For information on those incidents visit the Johnson City Press

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