Jackknifed semi turns I-40 into parking lot

Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There were many traffic messes around Metro Nashville Friday, and one on Interstate 40 was one of the biggest.

Traffic was at a standstill for hours, people stranded, including one of News 2’s producers.

But many drivers didn’t mind waiting.

Nashville Tennessee met Old Man Winter Friday. A fast-moving snow storm crippled the area.

“I came in about 5:45,” said driver Tip Sneed. “I work out in Hermitage and just got off work and it’s five inches of snow; it’s crazy.”

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

A semi jackknifed on I-40 near Spence Lane. The highway looked more like a parking lot for nearly five hours.

Driver Tip Sneed didn’t mind waiting under the circumstances.

“Just put it into perspective. It could be a lot worse,” Sneed said. “I could be up there with the one with the wrecked car so. I’m just happy to wait in line.”

You’ve heard about singing in the rain, but driver Adam Austin decided to sing in the snow.

“For all the times you rained on my parade,” Adam sang.

Austin was heading to Memphis to audition for The Voice. He’s just glad he left earlier than he originally planned.

“I’m supposed to be there tomorrow morning at 10:00, and the check in time for my hotel is at 3:00,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to make it.”

So he tried to make the best of a bad situation.

“You have too,” Austin said. “You can’t just sit there and be bored, so I decided to get out and walk around and see what was going on.”

Traffic on I-40 finally started inching along after being at a standstill for hours, but many people backed up the Donelson Pike on-ramp and took alternate routes.

The highway was cleared and back opened between 1:30 and 2 p.m.

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