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Truck carrying 133 million bees crashes in Montana

2019-06-11

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It was a sight to bee-hold.

A truck carrying around 133 million bees crashed at an intersection in Montana on Monday.

The Hyalite Fire Department shared that a semi loaded full with crates of bees crashed near the town of Bozeman, at the intersection of Gooch Hill Road and Durston Road.

KBZK reported the truck, which was traveling from California to North Dakota, was carrying 40,000 pounds of bees — which is around 133 million bees.

Officials told NBC Montana the driver cut a corner too close, which caused it to overturn. The driver and passenger were uninjured.

Assistant fire chief Brian Nickolay told KBZK the situation presented challenges because the truck was on its side and leaking fuel.

"We went really in our full structure fire gear, including our self-contained breathing apparatus packs so kind of minimize and reduce the risk of being stung at that point to our guys,” Nickolay said.

The intersection was closed as the fire department, Montana Highway Patrol and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office worked to clear the crash.

Officials told NBC Montana the owner may give the bees away to someone in Bozeman.