Beekeepers save bees after crash spills hives on Hwy 97

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — It took beekeepers nearly 12 hours Thursday to collect the millions of bees that have been buzzing alongside Highway 97 after a truck crash spilled 200 hives last Saturday.

The crash happened at around 8:30 on Saturday (Mar. 23) just north of Madras on Highway 97 when a semitrailer loaded with active beehives swerved to avoid hitting an animal and rolled.

Both ODOT and the towing company felt it was best to just take the trailer and truck away from the scene and leave the load of beehives off the side of the highway, state police officials said.

KGW reports that bee apprentices from the Central Oregon Beekeepers Association wore protective gear on Thursday as they carefully picked up each hive and checked it out.

Beekeepers in Central Oregon are checking out the hives to see which need queen bees and what repairs need to be made.

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