Truck Spills 14 Million Bees In Idaho

July 12, 2011

It was a tricky, and sticky, situation as a truck hauling an estimated 14 million bees and their hives from Bakersfield, California to North Dakota overturned on an Idaho highway July 10.

The accident happened on Highway 20 just north of Last Chance in Island Park when the semi-truck driver veered off the road, tipping more than 400 hive boxes, the resident bees, and a whole lot of honey along the roadway.

News reports from the scene say that some observers saw a large black cloud and heard a roaring noise above the spill area before they realized it was a massive bee swarm. The 911 calls started coming in shortly after the spill, which occurred around 4:30 Sunday afternoon.

Clean-up crews from several agencies had to wait for officials to spray fire foam on the truck and the bees before they could get to work. Even so, several of the workers were stung during the first few hours of the cleanup.


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