Fremont County responded Sunday afternoon to several 911 calls about a bee spill in Island Park. A semi-tractor trailer loaded with bees and hives ran off U.S. Highway 20 north of Last Chance and tipped, spilling the bees and hives. About 14 million bees were involved, and all of the emergency responders to the scene received some bee stings. The truck driver, before he could don protective clothing, received about 200 stings, according to Sheriff Len Humphries. No one was injured in the accident. The truck and the bees were owned by United Honey of Bakersfield, Calif. They were en route to Minot, N.D. The Island Park Fire Department sprayed foam on the truck and trailer and bees to allow responders to access the scene. Cleanup was continuing Monday as there was a large amount of honey still on the highway. A significant number of bees still are in the area. Fremont County Extension Educator Lance Ellis suggests if any bee swams are seen in the Island Park area people should contact him, as beekeepers likely can collect swarming bees.
Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 2:43 pm | Updated: 10:34 pm, Mon Jul 11, 2011.
Posted in News on Monday, July 11, 2011 2:43 pm. Updated: 10:34 pm.