Semi hauling millions of bees overturns near St. George

Published: Sunday, Oct. 23 2011 10:26 p.m. MDT

ST. GEORGE — A semi hauling millions of bees overturned on Interstate 15 near St. George on Saturday evening.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers were on the scene of the 5:25 p.m. accident. No other vehicles were involved and the driver wasn't injured. The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-15 and troopers expected to re-open them before midnight.

The truck was carrying 460 hives containing an estimated 25 million bees when it overturned, according to the UHP. Authorities were consulting with the Utah Department of Agriculture to determine how to capture or eliminate the swarming bees.

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