bad enough having to clean up a spilled load after a semi overturns.
It’s even harder when the load flies away before you can finish.
that’s what workers faced in Kansas City, MO, were up against Monday
as they fought to cleanup a spilled trailerload of hives and honey
bees, local media sources reported.
bees, owned by an Iowa farmer, were headed north to Wisconsin to
do some pollinating work when the tractor-trailer carrying them
hit a slick spot in the road near the intersection of I-435 and
I-35 north of the Missouri River. More than 500 hives burst open,
releasing a good part of the 25 million bees within.
bees, it was reported, were not happy.
Steve Beavers of Bartlesville, Okla., kicked his way out of the
cab through a window. But emergency workers who showed up to help
were the ones facing injury. The bees, angered by having their homes
broken up, stung anyone who was unwise enough to get close.
from a nearby honey operation over the state line in Kansas showed
up to help. Some drivers also stopped by to offer help, but quickly
left the scene after discovering the situation.
told The Kansas City Star that one couple who offered aid
shortly after the wreck made a particularly quick get-away.
asked, `What are these insects?' " Beavers said. "I told
her `bees,' and she said, `I have to go.' "
residents of nearby homes left until the situation was under control.