Thousands of bees swarm Florida Highway after truck carrying beehives crashed


Something pretty incredible happened on a Florida highway this week.

A pickup truck carrying beehives housing around 1 million bees collided with a tractor-trailer on Tuesday morning, sending a swarm of bees onto the road.

The shocking incident happened around 3:15 a.m. on US Route 301 in Duval County

Thousands of escaped bees buzzed through the area after the wreck, the Florida Highway Patrol said. However, they were reportedly not aggressive.

FHP did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Trent Padgett – the owner of the Jesup Bee Company and the driver of the truck that transports the bees – told the local news agency WJXT that he was traveling to the town of Lawtey to make honey when the collision took place.

“We both had green lights, but the semi-truck did a U-turn there with no turn signals,” Padgett said of the accident. “I didn’t see it coming so I just hit right at the front end of the truck.”

He added: “A lot of bees have been lost. Many of them flew away. There are a lot of dead bees on the highway that came from these boxes.”

Padgett tells WJXT The he reportedly lost $40,000 worth of bees in the incident.

No injuries were reported, FHP said. But the wreck caused quite a stir in the area.

A beekeeper has been called in to control many of the winged insects and local motorists have been warned to exercise caution.

The freeway returned to normal operations at 7 a.m. or 7:30 a.m The Florida Times-Union reported.

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