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Despite snowy streets, Knoxville drivers handled snow well

6:04 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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When a snowstorm hits at rush hour, you expect some problems, but all in all, looking at the numbers of reported accidents from the Knoxville Police Department, it looks like Knoxville drivers did pretty well.

The snow started falling around 2:00 pm on Thursday, as Knox County Schools were letting out early.  In addition, it appears many people were leaving work early and trying to get home before the weather got any worse.

Traffic was backed up and moved very slowly through most of the evening, with many drivers reporting it took them several hours to finally get home.

Between 2:00 p.m. and midnight, the E-911 Center got 637 Calls For Service.  KPD initiated an emergency plan where they were only responding to accidents with injury, so they could prioritize.  

From 1 pm Thursday through 11:30 am Friday, after a difficult morning commute for some, Knoxville Police only responded to 16 accidents with injury, with 9 of those happened after midnight and Friday morning.  There were 86 non-injury accidents during that same time, with most of those happening Thursday.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol was also out in force Thursday and Friday in Knoxville and surrounding counties.  Troopers in the Knoxville and Fall Branch districts responded to 25 non-injury crashes, 13 injury crashes, and had 15 motor assistance calls.

These totals do not include calls for service and crashes answered by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Knoxville Fire Department, or Rural Metro.

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