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Family of 6 rescued after being stranded overnight on Natchez Trace Parkway due to dangerous road conditions

NPS, along with the Leak County Volunteer Fire Department, was able to rescue the family at around noon on February 18.

The National Park Service says a family of six was left stranded on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Milepost 145 overnight on February 18 after a fallen tree caused their trailer to become stuck.

NPS said the driver unhooked the trailer and continued driving before the vehicle slid off the roadway. NPS, along with the Leak County Volunteer Fire Department, was able to rescue the family at around noon on February 18.

Drivers are still advised to stay off of the Natchez Trace Parkway as downed trees and icy roads are creating dangerous driving conditions. NPS said more trees are expected to fall and the parkway will likely hold snow and ice for the coming days.

Workers will not be able to respond to downed trees until it becomes safe to do so.

“Trees with ice buildup can fall at any time” said Chief Ranger Prashant Lotwala. “Although the road conditions may start to improve, falling trees will continue to remain a big threat. The family was very fortunate that additional trees did not fall while they spent the night in below freezing temperatures. I was glad to see they were rescued. I urge all motorists to stay home or use alternative routes. Please allow the Parkway to thaw and Parkway personnel to remove any hazards before motorists return to enjoy the scenic drive.”  

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