Icy conditions lead to crashes, road closures

Icy conditions lead to crashes, road closures
(Photo Source: TDOT camera)
(Photo Source: TDOT camera)
Truck overturns in DeSoto County (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Truck overturns in DeSoto County (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Third Street & West Raines Road (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Third Street & West Raines Road (Source: WMC Action News 5)

Vehicle accidents are being reported and roads are being closed as a result of the icy conditions.

Memphis Police Department activated its inclement weather policy due to the road conditions. If you are involved in a car accident and there are no injuries, alcohol or drugs involved and no wreckers are needed, exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance and vehicle tag numbers, then report it to police later. Both drivers should make arrangements to meet at the nearest MPD precinct or report to the MPD Traffic Office at 1925 Union Avenue. Drivers need their vehicles, proof of insurance, and vehicle registrations to file a crash report within 10 business days.

Crashes

A crash on Interstate 55 blocked two southbound lanes north of the Third Street overpass.

A crash between an SUV and a tractor-trailer at Third Street and West Raines Road sent three people to the hospital. One woman who was trapped inside the SUV is in critical condition. Two others are in non-critical condition.

Collierville Police Department reports vehicles were sliding off of the road on Byhalia Road, south of Holmes Road. A small portion of Byhalia Road was shut down from East Holmes Road (in Collierville) to Holmes Road (Shelby County).

Memphis Police Department reports more than 120 crashes since midnight Friday.

More than 50 accidents in DeSoto County are believed to be related to the icy conditions, according to DeSoto County Sheriff's Department.

Road closures

Collierville Police Department closed down Wolf River Boulevard at Houston Levee to Frank Road being shut down due to the slick conditions.

DeSoto County deputies shut down Highway 61 from the Tunica County line to Highway 302/Goodman Rd due to ice.

Drivers are encouraged to slow down and use caution as conditions worsen.

Information hotlines

For anyone having to travel in the icy conditions, call the road condition hotlines in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, or Missouri before you hit the road to make sure you have a clear route.

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