A truck carrying crates of bees tipped over on I-5 this morning
The driver is ok, but unfortunately, many of the bees have died. Beekeepers (TRUE AMERICAN HEROES) have been working tirelessly to get as many bees as possible off the highway and safely into new crates where they’ll be delivered to their ultimate destination.
Motorists have been cautioned to avoid the I-405 off-ramp at Lynnwood where the crash occurred.
We’re thinking positive thoughts in the direction of the owners of these bees; as much as this story is kind of funny (because I mean it kind of is), it’s also very sad because bees are already in peril and the people who keep them are doing really good work.
A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees
overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives
and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects
as they could.
The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when
it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7
million bees, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said. The
driver, a 36-year-old man from Idaho, was not hurt.
The company that owns the insects, Belleville Honey and Beekeeping
Supply of Burlington, sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible,
and bees covered their protective suits as they worked.
The bees became more active as the sun rose and the weather warmed,
and firefighters had to spray a layer of foam on some of the boxes,
killing the insects for safety.
Many of the hives were still along the highway more than seven hours
after the accident, when a front-end loader began scooping them up and
dumping them into a dump truck, Shearer said. The majority of the hives
had been crushed.
“I’m sure they’ll take that somewhere and try to save as many as they
can, but they can do that someplace safer, away from the I-5 corridor,”
The bees were being transported from Sunnyside, in central
Washington, to a blueberry farm in Lynden, a city near the Canadian
border about 100 miles north of Seattle, Shearer said.
First responders and reporters alike swatted at the bees as they tried to do their jobs.
“I think everybody there got stung,” Shearer said.
Seattle television station KIRO posted a video compilation of its
on-scene reporter swatting the insects as he reported on the accident.
Shearer urged drivers to keep their windows up and to “#beesafe when traveling through that area,” as he wrote on Twitter.
A man who answered the phone at
the beekeeping company said he couldn’t immediately answer any questions
related to the accident. (AP)
Photo credits: (from top) Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com via AP, Ian Terry/Reuters, Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com via AP, Ian Terry/Reuters