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July 23, 2014

I-24 crash releases swarms of bees

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Thousands of honeybees swarmed over 1-24 on Tuesday following a three vehicle wreck  that included a semi-truck carrying 360 hives. Though several people were stung, it could have been much worse.

Police responded to the crash scene, noting that not all of the hives had been spilled. If that had happened, some 11 million bees would have been released.

“The bee hives were disturbed, and there are bees everywhere,” Gill said in the release. “The officers on scene have been stung multiple times.”

Motorists were asked to avoid the eastbound lanes of I-24 between the state line and Exit 1. Eastbound traffic was backed up for miles.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash with Trooper Ron Crockell is heading up the investigation. Clarksville Police, Clarksville Fire Rescue, Kentucky State Police, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Christian County EMS assisted.

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