Semi-truck transporting bee hives flips on Highway 97 - KPTV - FOX 12

Semi-truck transporting bee hives flips on Highway 97

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MADRAS, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon State Police said a commercial truck driver was uninjured Saturday night after his truck and trailer loaded with an unknown number of occupied beehive boxes rolled onto their side along Highway 97 about 16 miles north of Madras.

According to Trooper Matt Gordon, 52-year-old Martin Garcia was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 74 at 8:35 p.m. Saturday. Garcia was traveling at about 50 mph when he said he swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road.

The trailer's tires went off the paved portion of the highway and soft shoulder and Garcia lost control of the vehicle. Both the truck and the trailer rolled onto their side, blocking the right northbound lane and shoulder of Highway 97.

Garcia, who was not injured, was cited for failure to maintain a lane of travel.

Oregon State Police, ODOT and a local tow company responded to the scene. While attempting to upright the truck, a small fire started because of a possible electrical problem and was put out by ODOT personnel.

ODOT and the tow company felt the best course of action was to remove the truck and trailer and leave the beehive load off the side of the highway for later retrieval.

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