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Williamson Co. shifts emergency responders to cover areas near traffic detours

FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A temporary fire and emergency station will serve portions of Williamson County until crews rebuild the Goose Creek bridge on I-65.

A man died Friday morning after his tanker truck crashed into a column supporting an overpass in Franklin. The impact caused an explosion, which decimated two bridges in the area.

The structure at Goose Creek and Peytonsville Road connected several thousand people to a nearby fire department and EMS station. On Friday evening, Williamson County officials redistricted several emergency units and personnel to accommodate neighborhoods affected by detours.

"It's a proactive approach to make sure we have proper coverage for the residents," said Glenn Johnson, the deputy chief of operations at the Franklin Fire Department.

The Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Police Department and Williamson County EMS will funnel resources to the neighborhoods east of I-65 and south of Murfreesboro Road. The temporary station will operate from the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

"We really needed to ensure we were being responsive to call times, any emergencies that might happen to the east side or west side of this bridge," said Mac Purdy, the Williamson County EMA director.

Purdy said current detours could impact response times by at least 10 to 15 minutes.

The fire department shifted a fire truck to the region, along with four employees. Williamson County EMS moved another ambulance and two to three personnel, as well. Two Franklin Police officers will be stationed at either side of the old overpass.

Officials said Williamson County will accommodate the region until crews rebuild the bridge. Transportation officials have said construction could take months.

Some families said more first responders mean fewer worries. Jennifer Faircloth lives in the Stream Valley subdivision in Franklin, an area now ensnared by traffic detours.

"It would be the ambulance coming that would worry me the most because they'd have a hard time getting through," said Faircloth, a mother of four children. "I think it's great they're setting up some staging areas to put everyone mind's at ease."

Purdy said officials will review how to best appropriate resources in the upcoming weeks.

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