Truck hauling nearly a million honey bees crashes on interstate in PA, officials say

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LUZERNE COUNTY, PA. (WBRE/WYOU) — Beekeepers were called in to assist with nearly a million honey bees scattered on Interstate 81 southbound in Luzerne County after a vehicle crash Friday night.

It happened just before 5:30 p.m. near mile marker 149 and shut down both southbound lanes on the interstate.

According to crews on the scene, roughly one-million honey bees were being hauled in boxes on a flat bed truck as the driver lost control of the vehicle.

No injuries were reported, but a firefighter suffered a bee sting on the lip.

Crews, including beekeepers, are currently working to remove the bees from the roadway.

The road is closed from Exit 151 B (I-80 W) to Exit 145 (W. Hazleton).

According to the Luzerne County 911 Communications Center, police are directing traffic to Route 93.

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