Millions of Bees in Traffic Accident Near Kansas City

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Drivers along an interstate north of Kansas City were told to be on the lookout for an unusual traffic hazard after a semi-trailer truck loaded with honey bees overturned.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the accident occurred Friday on Interstate 435. No serious injuries were reported.

The transportation department initially said the truck was carrying about 40,000 bees.

But the Kansas City Star reports bee experts said between 8 million and 11 million bees were in the truck. Some of the bees flew away from the accident scene.

Matt Winstead, of Midwest Bee Removal, says hives typically contain about 40,000 bees. And the owner of the hives, Brian Buoye said about 408 hives were being transported.

The truck was reportedly traveling from North Dakota to Tampa, Florida.

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