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Truck Carrying Millions of Dollars in Millions of Bees Crashes

The bees were on their way to pollinate almond trees in California
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2017 2:05 PM CDT
Truck Carrying Millions of Dollars in Millions of Bees Crashes
This Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 photo provided by the Auburn Police Department shows the wreckage of a truck carrying beehives after a crash on Interstate 80 in Auburn, Calif., north of Sacramento in Northern California.   (Sgt. Tucker Huey/Auburn Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – "There were bees everywhere," Auburn Police Sgt. Tucker Huey tells the Sacramento, ahem, Bee. KTXL reports a semi-truck carrying millions of bees worth between $1 million and $2 million crashed Thursday night in California. The driver told police he had to swerve onto a freeway off ramp when traffic suddenly stopped, causing him to crash. Hundreds of hives—the bees were coming from Montana to pollinate almond trees—were damaged in the crash. Beekeepers told police there was no way to save the colonies, so the bees were euthanized by spraying the hives with soapy water. (Read more bees stories.)

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