St. Louis Public Radio News
3:55 pm
Mon June 23, 2003

Millions of Bees Released in KC Area Crash

Claycomo, MO – Work continued through Sunday night to herd millions of bees. The insects escaped from a tractor-trailer that skidded off a highway interchange near Kansas City.

The rig was carrying more than 500 beehives. There were no serious injuries but the truck's driver, as well as firefighters, police officers, and tow truck company employees sustained repeated beestings.

The incident happened in the Kansas City suburb of Claycomo on a ramp linking Interstates 435 and 35.

Authorities closed the ramp, and alerted people living in the area. By early Sunday evening, the bees started to settle down as the temperature dropped.

Bee control expert Rheuben Johnson, wearing protective gear, began the huge task of getting the bees back into their hives.