A Fort Campbell soldier died after being attacked by bees and then hit by three cars on Highway 41-A in Pleasant View Sunday night, according to Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove.

The 21-year-old man was walking home from a party and was "very intoxicated, or on drugs," Breedlove said, and had tried to break into a landscaping company when something fell on him, trapping him.

Breedlove said the man called his girlfriend, then called 911, saying he was being chased. The man ran into Highway 41-A and was struck by a passing car, then struck by two more cars.

"He got into a beehive," Breedlove said. "That's what our investigation shows, that its bees that were chasing him and stinging him."

Breedlove said the highway was shut down for several hours.

Max Smith is editor of The Ashland City Times. He can be reached at 615-792-0036 or on Twitter @maxrsmith217.