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At least four dead in fatal accidents related to Monday's weather
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 3, 2011
According to the Tennessean, at least four people died Monday in fatal accidents related to the heavy rainfall and tornadoes that swept through the state on the last day of February. Severe weather hit Tennessee for the second time in less than a week on Monday, uprooting trees and causing localized flooding. At least two tornadoes were reported in Wilson and Davidson counties, causing significant property damage but no injuries. A tornado or severe straight-line wind in Franklin County is being blamed for one man's death.
In Rutherford County, heavy rain contributed to a trucking accident on I-24 near Murfreesboro. A 58-year-old truck driver from New Hope, Alabama, slammed his janitorial supply truck into the back of a tractor-trailer that had slowed for traffic, which was backed up from an earlier wreck. The Alabama driver was killed in the crash.
In Sumner County, a White House public works employee was killed when flood water washed him into a drain culvert he had been working in. After water began blocking a local street, the man had pulled debris from the drain. When the flood water rushed into the drain pipe, it caught him and carried him with it.
The third fatal accident occurred in Franklin County, near the Alabama border.
"I don't know if it was a tornado or straight line wind, but whatever it was beat us up pretty good," said Franklin County Sheriff's Sergeant Chris Guess.
A 79-year-old man was killed when winds knocked his mobile home off its foundation and he was pinned beneath it.
Another mobile home resident was killed due to the severe weather in Polk County. In that case, a tree crashed through the roof of the trailer home, killing the 76-year-old man inside.
Please take extra care when driving on wet or flooded roads, pay attention to weather alerts, and take shelter if dangerous weather is headed your way.