A Jonesborough man died after a roadway collapse and resulting mudslide swept his car 200 feet down an embankment.
A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicates 62-year-old Steven Lawson was driving south along Highway 70 North just before 2 Thursday morning when the road began washing away in the wake of this week’s heavy rains. His truck rolled 200 feet down an embankment. Lawson died from injuries sustained in the crash, THP said.
Sixteen members of the Knoxville Police Department Urban Search and Rescue Team were deployed to Hawkins County to help with the landslides.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Spokesman Mark Nagi tweeted images of the collapsed roadway.
TDOT has announced the long-term closure of the roadway, until reconstruction can be completed. The agency released detour routes drivers can use in the meantime.
From SR 70 in Rogersville: Take SR 1 (US 11W) South to SR 31 North in Mooresburg, to SR 33 North to SR 70 North.
From SR 70 in Kyles Ford: Take SR 33 South to SR 31 South in Sneedville, to SR 1 (US 11W) North in Mooresburg, to SR 70 North in Rogersville.