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Surrounding Franklin Areas to See Increased Traffic After Tanker Explosion -- Kai Beech

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Following Friday’s fatal tanker accident on I-65, traffic in the Franklin and Spring Hill areas was the worst some drivers have ever seen.

“It’s really bad; it's a nightmare actually,” said Julie Harrison of Spring Hill as she was stuck in traffic on Mack Hatcher Rd. in Franklin. “I left about 30 minutes early to get my kids in Springhill and I’ve been in the car about an hour now. I haven't made it more than two different stoplights.”

The posted speed limit on Mack Hatcher Rd. says 55 miles per hour. But drivers there weren't coming close to reaching those kinds of speed. Cars were stuck at a standstill; backed up for miles. And as time kept ticking away--and all these cars engines were stuck in idle--temperatures and tempers started to rise while patience and manners went out the window.

“It’s very frustrating,” Harrison said to us as a nearby car blasted its horn.
And in this kind of traffic where tires move by the inches police recommend drivers remember to pack their patience.

“If you've got to be somewhere on time you just better leave early,” said Lt. Justin Whitwell of the Spring Hill Police Department. “It’s not going to get any better any time soon.”


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