1 Dead In Tennessee Road Collapse

Posted at 4:52 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 16:59:52-05

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WBIR) – One person has died following a devastating mudslide and road collapse in Tennessee.

According to WBIR, a 62-year-old man died after a mudslide on Caves Springs Road in Hawkins County Thursday morning.

Highway 70N in Hawkins County

Raw Video: Highway 70N in Hawkins County. This will be a long term road closure. TDOT Geotechnical Engineers are assessing the slope, which is considered to be unstable at this time.

Posted by myTDOT on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Police tell the Knoxville station that Steven Lawson was driving his 1997 Chevy pick-up truck around 1:55 a.m. when the mudslide occurred. His truck rolled 200 feet down an embankment.

The road has been closed since.