Oak Ridge woman stops Alcoa Highway traffic after running out of gas, report says

An Oak Ridge woman was charged after jumping in front of traffic and using cones to block cars on Alcoa Highway, a report says
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 8:52 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 3:38 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A woman was charged with reckless endangerment after attempting to stop traffic on Alcoa Highway Sunday because she was out of gas, an incident report obtained by WVLT News states.

Officers responded to the highway on calls of a woman jumping in front of traffic, the report reads. Upon arrival, officers noticed cones blocking traffic. The woman allegedly placed a series of plastic barrels across the northbound lanes of the highway, causing cars to have to suddenly stop.

She was charged and told officers that she was stopping traffic because she needed help after running out of gas.

WVLT News reached out to KPD representative Scott Erland to get some advice on what to do if drivers run out of gas. First, Erland said, drivers should try to avoid the situation by planning ahead and filling up regularly. If a driver does run out of gas, however, they are told to turn on their hazard lights, move to the side of the road and contact friends, family or law enforcement for help.

“That is obviously a hectic and stressful situation to be in, so it’s also important to stay calm and take a few deep breaths so that you are able to appropriately assess the situation and determine the safest course of action,” Erland said. “Safety is most important in these situations.”

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