July 12, 2011 in Idaho, Region

Honey, millions of bees cleaned up after rollover

Associated Press

ISLAND PARK, Idaho — Cleanup crews in eastern Idaho have finished clearing honey and an estimated 14 million honey bees that got loose after a delivery truck overturned along a stretch of U.S. Highway 20, near Yellowstone National Park.

Fremont County Sheriff deputies say several workers were stung during the first few hours of the cleanup Sunday.

And some observers told The Post-Register about seeing a strange black cloud and roaring noise above the spill area before realizing it was a massive swarm of bees.

Authorities say a truck was hauling the bees from California to North Dakota when the driver veered off the shoulder, tipping more than 400 hive boxes and honey.

Crews worked all day Monday before removing all the honey from the roadway, though deputies say a significant amount of bees were still buzzing.

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