Semi carrying 2 million bees overturns near Ironman course

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A semi-truck carrying 400 beehives with 2 million bees overturned on a busy freeway near the Ironman triathlon course in North Idaho Sunday.

The semi crashed Sunday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 90 near the Sherman Avenue exit in Coeur d’Alene, Q13FOX reported. Idaho State police said bees were swarming the area and the public was encouraged to stay away.

The community hosts an Ironman triathlon every year, and KXLY reports the running portion of the course was very close to where the truck overturned.

A similar truck wreck just two days ago released more than 20 million bees on State Highway 33 in the eastern Idaho desert. Those bees were being shipped to North Dakota to pollinate crops and make honey.

Back in April, a semi-truck loaded with more than 40 million bees overturned on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood near Seattle.

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