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Truck Reportedly Loaded With Up to 11 Million Bees Overturns in Traffic Accident. (Yes, Some of Them Got Out.)

Bee experts said between 8 million and 11 million bees were in the truck.

Image source: Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — Drivers along Interstate 435 north of Kansas City were told to be on the lookout for an unusual traffic hazard after a semi-trailer truck loaded with honeybees overturned Friday.

The Transportation Department initially said the truck was carrying about 40,000 bees, but the Kansas City Star reported that 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 said hives typically contain about 40,000 bees. The owner of the hives, Brian Buoye, said about 408 hives were being transported.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said no serious injuries were reported.

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