THP: SUV Attempted To Cross Median Before I-24 Crash

THP: SUV Attempted To Cross Median Before I-24 Crash

CREATED Jul 23, 2014
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Only minor injuries were reported when an SUV attempting to illegally cross the median of Interstate 24 in Montgomery County caused a crash involving a tractor trailer hauling bees on Tuesday afternoon.

A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling westbound in the left lane near the Kentucky state line around 5:15 p.m. when it slowed down to make an illegal left turn into the median in order to cross over to the eastbound lanes. A 1994 Chevrolet Tahoe, towing a trailer with two motorcycles, came up behind the Suburban and was forced to swerve to the left in order to avoid crashing.

The Suburban then struck the Tahoe as it attempted to turn into the median, according to the report. That caused the Suburban to roll over on its top and land in the median. The trailer on the Tahoe jack-knifed as the SUV rolled on its side. It then went into the eastbound lanes where it was struck by a 2002 Kenworth Tractor Trailer that was hauling bees.

After the impact, the tractor trailer pulled over on to the shoulder and the Tahoe landed in the right lane of I-24 east. Clarksville Police said the bee hives were disturbed during the collision. Large numbers of bees were said to be swarming in and around the area.

Officers on the scene were stung multiple times while attempting to clear the wreck.

The driver of the Suburban, identified as 33-year-old Antonio Lathon, of Oak Grove, Kentucky, suffered minor injuries and refused medical transport. He was charged with driving on a suspended license, failure to exercise due care, and illegally crossing the median.

A passenger in the Tahoe also suffered minor injuries and refused transport, according to the report.

The drivers of the Tahoe and tractor trailer were not hurt. All drivers and the passenger in the Tahoe were said to be wearing their seatbelts.