Truck crash on Washington highway unleashes 13 million bees

A state trooper warned motorists to #beesafe.


Marisa Kabas

Internet Culture

Published Apr 17, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 1:19 am CDT

A truck carrying millions of bees overturned on a highway in Lynwood, Wash., early Friday morning. The accident raises a number of questions, but mainly, why was there a truck full of bees?

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According to KOMO and the Associated Press, “The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. Friday when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said. About 13.7 million bees were unleashed in the crash.”

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Shearer tweeted from Washington State Trooper Mark Francis’ account as the whole situation was unfolding. He used the hashtag #beesafe because even state troopers like a good pun.

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The bees were owned by Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply of Burlington, which sent beekeepers to try and rescue as many bees as possible before the sun came up.

It appears the situation is under control, but the cleanup is still in progress.

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Needless to say, the area will be buzzing about this for a long time.

Photo via KOMO

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*First Published: Apr 17, 2015, 4:02 pm CDT