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Crash Shuts Down Highway 64 for Hours

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

BOLIVAR, Tenn- A one vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer had commuters looking for answers and highway officials explaining. Wednesday.

The early morning crash happened on Highway 64 near Bolivar. It took nearly nine hours for several jurisdictions to get everything back up and running. Even the experienced crews noticed how long the process took.

"It just kind of put everybody in an inconvenient place but that's why we're here," said Lt. Gregory Obie of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

According to Obie, the driver of the tractor trailer said he lost control of the vehicle while driving. The driver, who was carrying more than 40,000 pounds of produce, was not hurt.

"If the load would have spilled out, the closure time would have been even longer than it was," said Obie.

Workers from TDOT, the Bolivar Fire Department, TEMA, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Hardeman County Sheriff's Department were all on the scene to get things back up and running.

Officials allowed drivers to pass through shortly after Noon.
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