Truck tire blowout leads to bee swarms on Georgia interstate

Nov. 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

FORSYTH, Ga., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Authorities in Georgia said bees swarmed along a highway when the truck carrying their hives blew out a tire and dropped several boxes.

Allison Selman-Willis, public information officer for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, said the tractor-trailer tire blowout Sunday on southbound Interstate 75 in Forsyth caused the boxes to fall to the road and break open, releasing swarms of bees and spilling honey all over the road, The (Macon) Telegraph reported Monday.

County Emergency Agency Director Matthew Perry said local beekeepers helped officials with the cleanup, which closed two lanes of traffic on the interstate for several hours.

"That's the most bees I've ever seen," Perry said.

Beekeepers said the bees stayed near the hives during the cleanup efforts.

"That was a sticky mess," Perry said.

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