Mid-Southerners prepare to hit the holiday roads - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-Southerners prepare to hit the holiday roads

Thousands of Mid-Southerners will hit the road this the holiday weekend to visit family and friends, and there may be some roadblocks on the way.

Thursday afternoon, a tractor trailer accident on I-40 blocked traffic for hours. Though the accident was serious, the man behind the wheel of that truck was able to get out alive!

Driver Luis Gamboa was headed to Nashville and taking the I-40 exit ramp under the flyover when he said his heavy load of grill parts shifted, causing him to overturn.

Gamboa credited his seatbelt with saving his life. And while no one was hurt, the accident did back up traffic along I-40 eastbound. Many drivers stopped to ask TDOT help truck drivers for alternate routes.

Those people were they lucky ones, unlike Shawn and Katie Nelson, who got caught right behind the overturned truck and had to wait over an hour before they could turn around.

The Nelsons are moving from Utah to North Carolina this busy holiday weekend, and traveling with a 6-month-old baby boy.

After four days on the road, and a lot of close calls, they have a message for their fellow drivers:

"Be careful, be courteous, we've run into so many people just rushing and it don't get you nowhere, just end up like this," Katie Nelson said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said three people died this time last year during traffic crashes and they hope that number is even lower this weekend.

They advised drivers to stay alert, watch your driving and drivers around you, and of course obey all traffic laws.

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