Nashvillians have to put up with a lot of traffic delays.
Our Southern sensibility of taking things slow and easy, combined with the wacky, decades-old decision to jam all of our interstates into a one big loop on the same side of the river, leads to the unfortunate result that a traffic jam on one interstate produces a citywide brake stand.
The suburban population boom means our collective morning ingress and afternoon egress are punctuated with the same day-after-day litany of slowdowns. It’s always going to be slow at Trinity Lane. There’s always a wreck at Hermitage Avenue. And it’s always going to take 25 minutes to get through Hickory Hollow, which seems strange because no one is ever actually going to Hickory Hollow.
Then we have our X-factor traffic jams, those caused not by heavy commuter traffic but by circumstances beyond our control. Icy roads are always going to cause a jam on the interstates and result in a shiny-faced TV reporter poking her microphone into the grizzled mug of a trucker. Vice presidential motorcades will tie up everything on the east side between Briley and downtown.
But the epic delay at McCrory Lane last Tuesday will forever go down as the Traffic Ar-meow-geddon.
Just beyond the Cheatham County line, a car traveling eastbound rolled over, shutting down both lanes heading into the Music City for nearly four hours and backing things up for miles. The culprit? A cat escaped from its carrier, causing the driver to swerve, overcorrect and flip. The cat was one of three traveling with a trio of Ole Miss students heading from Oxford, Miss., to Kentucky to visit family. Clearly, at least one of the felines was unimpressed with the impromptu pre-semester visit to the Commonwealth.
Each of the three human passengers was transported to Vanderbilt — two in serious condition, one in critical condition.
The cats, predictably, were unharmed.