• 40,000 pounds of bees spill in truck crash

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    BOZEMAN, Mont. - This crash really had a community abuzz. 

    A tractor-trailer truck carrying 40,000 pounds of bees flipped, spilling its load. 

    A bee expert said 40,000 pounds of bees is about 133 million bees, KBZK reported.

    The rig’s driver took a turn too tight and hit a ditch, KECI reported.

    First responders donned their firefighter gear, not to battle flames, but to prevent being stung. 

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    “We had to do some stabilization to the truck,since it is on its side and it was leaking fuel. We just took the best precautions we could as far as safety for our guys. We went, really, in our full structure fire gear, including our self-contained breathing apparatus packs, so kind of minimize and reduce the risk of being stung at that point to our guys,” Assistant Fire Chief Brian Nickolay told KBZK.

    The truck was on the way from California to North Dakota, KBZK reported.

    The driver and a passenger in the truck were not injured, but residents with bee allergies were told to be on alert for the insects, KECI reported.

    FILE PHOTO: A tractor-trailer truck hauling 40,000 pounds of bees crashed in Montana.
    Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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