A truck driven by a commercial beekeeper traveling from California to North Dakota will take Interstate 80 around 10:40 am local time on Monday. Fallen, Cameron Roden, a Utah Highway Patrol officer told CNN. The crash occurred because the driver was driving the curve at high speed, Roden added.
The East Bound I-80's right lane was closed for about four hours to clean the crash site, and the driver was taken to the hospital due to numerous bee stings and minor injuries caused by the crash, Roden said. reported. Some soldiers on the scene were also bitten by bees.
Julie Arthur, Chairman of the Wasatch Beekeepers' Association, transports 416 boxes of trucks to CNN, each of which produces 50,000-100,000 bees used to pollinate crops nationwide. He said he was carrying it.
"At least 10 million bees were in the air," Arthur said. She called her team to help catch the huge herd, but the beekeeper told field authorities that it wasn't worth trying to save the bees.
Until Tuesday morning, Arthur received a call that she and her team could carry out rescue missions.
The scene was a "huge mess", Arthur said, honey and honeycomb wax melted in the sun, boxes were scattered all over, covered with firefowl fighters, and bees. He said he had blown away a part of it.
"Most of the equipment could not be recovered," Arthur observed. "But I found a huge bee pile behind the hillside," she explained, seeing a "bee wall" eight feet long, four feet deep, and five feet high. "We started loading bees into boxes as soon as possible. They weren't good. They were just thrown away from the truck and most lost the queen."
Overall, Arthur And a group of five volunteers rescued about 10% of the evil bees.
The rescued bees were previously destined to travel to a country that pollinates crops for farmers, but will now be used as a teaching material for fast-growing beekeepers. is.
Each box contained 50,000 to 100,000 bees.
"Many of these bees will be used as hives for the Wasatch Beekeepers Association," Arthur explained. "Others went to some of the beekeepers who helped, another organization in need of bees, the community garden."
Arthur said the incident was accidental to Utah. He added that he hopes to encourage the development of a more unified strategy to deal with the release of honeybees.
"I was confused for hours about who was allowed to do what," she admitted. "The good news is that the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Transport Bureau, as well as the local fire and police departments, have said that if this happens again, they need to come up with an urgent strategy."
"Everyone knows how valuable bees are to our environment, but they didn't know what to do," she added. "I'm really lucky to have someone want to go out and help."