Sevierville Police Department (SPD) officers responded to the 1400 block of Winfield Dunn Parkway (Highway 66) at about 7:27AM this morning, Monday, May 12, 2008, after it was reported that a truck had accidentally dropped a container of razor blades onto the roadway.
According to SPD Officer John West, a 1982 Ford pick-up truck driven by 46-year old David W. Scarlett of Sevierville was traveling south on Highway 66 when a container of razor blades used for carpet cutting, fell from his truck bed onto the roadway. The container broke open, releasing the razor blades onto the roadway. The driver estimated that there were over 1,000 razor blades in the container.
Many vehicles could not stop before traveling through the dropped razor blades, resulting in numerous punctured tires. As of 1:00PM today, 17 vehicles reportedly suffered 31 tire punctures as a result of the razor blade spill. Officers expected that number could rise, as motorists perhaps notice slow leaks from less severe punctures.
Southbound traffic was detoured into a northbound lane around the site for approximately 30 minutes, as City public works employees vacuumed the razor blades with heavy equipment.
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