Truck hauling 100,000 bees loses wheels on Hwy 226 in Linn Count - KPTV - FOX 12

Truck hauling 100,000 bees loses wheels on Hwy 226 in Linn County

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SCIO, OR (KPTV) -

A flatbed truck hauling 100,000 bees lost its rear wheels and thousands of bees were released in the effort to safely remove them from the scene.

Deputies said the 2004 dual-axle Ford flatbed truck was heading east on Highway 226 near Richardson Gap Road in Scio when the rear wheels on the passenger side sheared off at the lug nuts and separated from the truck.

The truck was stopped in the middle of the roadway.

The truck is owned by Olsen Honey Farms and workers were transporting a load of beehives containing more than 100,000 bees.

Crews from the farm responded to remove the beehives from the truck before the sun caused them to overheat. While they were unloading the beehives with a forklift, a load tipped over and fell onto the roadway.

Deputies said thousands of bees vacated their hives and formed a large cloud of bees over the roadway.

Beekeepers were able to collect some of the bees and secure the hives.

Highway 226 was closed for two hours.

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