Deputies: Crash from possible DUI caused utility work on Conklin Road in Washington County, TN


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – Deputies on the scene of a crash on Conklin Road in Washington County say a possible DUI led to utility work being required.

Deputies at the intersection of Conklin Road and Old State Route 34 told News Channel 11’s Kristen Gallant that a crash occurred earlier Thursday morning, causing utility work to be done.

BrightRidge reported almost 600 outages in the Telford and Lamar areas, and several BrightRidge vehicles are at the scene of the crash.

A white SUV on its side was on the scene, off the roadway.

As of 7:15 a.m. crews are still on the scene conducting utility work, and the road is still closed.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol informed News Channel 11 that they are not working the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned with News Channel 11 online and on-air for updates.


The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports that north and southbound traffic on Old State Route 34 in Washington County is closed at Conklin Road.

TDOT says “unscheduled utility work” is the cause of the closure on its SmartWay Traffic Map.

News Channel 11 has a crew on the scene of the work, attempting to learn more about what has caused the closure.

Crews were called for the work at 4:14 a.m. and estimate it will be cleared by 10 a.m.

Power crews are still on the scene working on utility poles, but both dispatch and on-scene crew workers have not released any further information.

Both north and southbound lanes are closed, according to TDOT.

You can view the closure on the TDOT SmartWay Traffic Map by clicking here.

News Channel 11 has reached out to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol for details.

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