Hawkins County EMA: Landslide shuts down part of Hwy 70 N near Cave Springs

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Hawkins County EMA Director Gary Murrell confirmed Saturday afternoon crews are on the scene of a landslide on Highway 70 N near Cave Springs.

Murrell said they responded to the landslide around 11 Saturday morning, and found a pile of rocks and debris laying on top of the roadway.

Highway 70 N is now closed between Cave Springs Road and Clinch Valley Road.

Murrell said fire crews, EMS, EMA, and TDOT were on scene.

We were there as TDOT crews assessed the damage, and were working to determine the stability of the remaining mountainside and rocks.

Hawkins County EMA Deputy Director Jamie Miller was also on scene Saturday afternoon.

“My estimate is, in the middle of the slide is probably at least 40 feet deep maybe more its hard to assess at this time due to the roadway. The roadway has also been pushed up to a higher location than what it initially was before the slide. Rainfall typically does lead to this type of event along with freezing rain during the winter months to loosen the rocks up,” Miller said.

Miller said the next step is for TDOT crews to determine what equipment is needed to remove the rocks and boulders.

According to Murrell, it could be days before this portion of Highway 70 N is back open.

Murrell said the road is torn up underneath where the rocks fell, and at last check there were still signs of rocks coming down the mountain.

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this developing story.

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