Canadian truck crash stirs up 12 million angry bees

Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:27pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - How do you deal with millions of upset bees? Very carefully.

A truck containing 330 crates of bees, about 12 million of them altogether, overturned on a major highway near the town of St Leonard, New Brunswick, in Eastern Canada on Monday, setting free thousands of irritated stinging insects. Police sealed off the vehicle and called for expert help with the millions that were left inside.

"Trying to unload 12 million agitated bees out of the back of a truck would not be a good situation," said Derek Strong, a local spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

A team of beekeepers arrived and poured smoke into the truck to calm down the bees, which will be moved later in the day. Police said there was no general danger to the public.

"If there's anyone in St Leonard who is allergic to bees, we're recommending they leave town for a couple of hours," Strong told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Honeybees are seen in one of Trevor Rehaluk's colonies near Nipiwan, Saskatchewan, May 26, 2007. REUTERS/Dave Stobbe</p>