Millions of bees released after semitrailer accident on interstate

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More than 25 million bees were accidentally freed last week when a semitrailer holding the insects overturned Interstate in Utah,

Bees were seen swarming on Interstate 80 on June 27 after a vehicle containing more than 200 bees collided, reports Fox 13 Salt Lake City.

Bees bite many people, which includes the driver of the semitrailer, first responders and others. The driver and a co-driver, who were in the vehicle, both suffered minor injuries but were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Some local beekeepers rushed to the scene and tried to save as many bees as they could. But the owner of the hives later shut them down, saying the incident was now an insurance issue.

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More than 25 million bees were accidentally freed last week when a semitrailer holding the insects overturned on the interstate in Utah.
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According to Fox affiliates, beekeeper Sam Cohen said, “Unfortunately, not much is damaged. Maybe 5% of what can be saved.” “Sad to see this.”

“Every bee counts – you want to run and see if we can help. A lot of them are already dead, so it’s sad,” said fellow beekeeper Mackay Opeifa.

One lane of the Interstate was closed for a few hours as workers tried to clear the beehives. A hiking trail in the area was also closed due to a swarm of bees.

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Bee sucking sweet honey with a macro.  (iStock)

Bee sucking sweet honey with a macro. (iStock)

Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Randall Ritchie told The Washington Post that the driver said there was a loud bang before the crash, suggesting there may have been a mechanical problem. However, preliminary investigation found that the driver was going too fast through the curveAnd he was cited for driving at a speed too high for the conditions, Ritchie said.

trucking company, who was in touch with the owner of the beehive, informed the firefighters about the incident on Monday. The company said the owner asked to spray the bugs with fire-extinguishing foam for safety and liability reasons, according to Ritchie.

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Julie Arthur, president of the Wasatch Beekeepers Association, told The Post that firefighting is fatal to bees and only 10 percent of them have survived. He guesses that volunteer beekeepers saved 2.5 million bees,

Arthur said the bees were to be used to pollinate food crops on the West Coast.