KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Bonnaroo music festival, which drew more than 100,000 attendees from across the United States, and the world, to Manchester left no shortage of work to be done by area law-enforcement officers.
Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Chattanooga District released final statistics Tuesday.
For the 12th annual festival, which saw most traffic arrive on Wednesday and leave Monday, THP personnel logged almost 6,000 combined hours of work over the week.
Seventeen vehicle crashes, including one with fatalities, three wrecks with injuries, and 13 with property damages, were investigated by THP troopers.
Brandon Wilson, 28, and Deja Morris, 25, both of Indiana, were killed Wednesday night when a tractor-trailer plowed into a wreck that occurred earlier on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County. Two vehicles burst into flames.
In comparison, state troopers last year responded to 29 traffic incidents with no fatalities related to the event.
“This is one of the busiest times of the year for our agency,” said Tracy Trott, a colonel with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “We managed the influx of traffic on Interstate 24 and the surrounding roadways and ensured motorists were obeying the law.”
THP issued 22 speeding citations, while nine suspects were cited for driving under the influence. Officials also cited nine seatbelt violations and nine revoked or suspended license offenders, and responded to 555 motorist assist calls during the event.
“State troopers worked around the clock to provide tourists and citizens of Tennessee with a safe and secure event,” Trott added.
The festival sported performances from music heavyweights such as Paul McCartney, Of Monsters and Men, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and ZZ Top.