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Posted by Boghound on November 17, 2011

25m bees escape from lorry

A US highway had to be closed after a lorry carrying about 25 million bees overturned.

The bees, which were being transported to California to pollinate an almond crop, escaped, reports the BBC.

Interstate 15 in Utah was closed down for several hours while local beekeepers worked overnight to recapture the bees.

Driver Louis Holst and his wife Tammie had to be dragged out of the overturned trailer by rescuers, but were swarmed by the escaped bees on the highway.

Mr Holst said he was stung about a dozen times and suffered a gash on his forehead. His wife also was both stung and bruised.

"We just started swinging our clothes," said Mr Holst. "They stung her all up and down her neck."

Two police officers were also stung.

The trip was among the last of 160 truckloads of bees being sent south from Adee Honey Farms in South Dakota.

"The driver lost control, hit the concrete barrier and rolled over," said Corporal Todd Johnson of the Utah Highway Patrol. "Of course, we then had bees everywhere."

Richard Adee, owner of Adee Honey Farms, said the truckload, worth approximately £72,500 was "pretty much a complete loss".


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