Vehicles pile up on I-75 in Tennessee

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About a dozen vehicles have been involved in a pileup on Interstate 75 in northern Tennessee as heavy snow has fallen in the area.

A Campbell County dispatcher said 10 to 15 vehicles, including several tractor-trailers and a Greyhound bus, were involved in the wreck Sunday afternoon on Interstate 75 near the Kentucky border. The dispatcher said emergency crews had checked out 56 people so far, and seven were sent to hospitals. He said no one on the bus was hurt.

The pileup was the largest wreck in the area, but several smaller wrecks had been reported along a 3-mile stretch of I-75.

Traffic in the area is moving, but it is extremely slow.

Snow began falling in parts of Middle and East Tennessee early Sunday afternoon.

Kate Guillett, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Morristown, said up to 5 inches of snow had been reported near the scene of the crash, though most areas of East Tennessee had received 2 to 3 inches by late afternoon.

She said snow would continue to fall through the evening, with another inch of accumulation possible overnight.

Trevor Boucher, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Nashville, said snow showers in Middle Tennessee were expected to taper off. He said that some areas could expect slight accumulations, but it was expected to be less than an inch in Nashville.

The weather service was also predicting several inches of snow to fall on parts of Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. The storm was the product of a low pressure system that moved northeast from the Gulf Coast states as well as cold air from the North. It was expected to move off the Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday night.

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