Storm leaves highways gridlocked in Nashville

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NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee Highway Patrolman says interstates are “pure gridlock” around downtown Nashville and “just totally shut down.”

Lt. Bill Miller says snow plows and salt trucks are out, but they can’t keep up with the winter weather.

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Elsewhere in Tennessee, authorities say a couple was in a vehicle that slid off an icy road and plummeted down a 300-foot embankment, killing the woman driver.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said Stacy Sherrill was driving a vehicle with her husband riding along when it slid off the road. Her husband survived the crash, but it took him several hours to climb the embankment and report the accident.

At least five people have died in storm-related crashes in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. Officials are warning people to stay off roads as the blizzard makes its way across the East Coast.