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Thousands of bees released in fatal crash

LAKEVILLE, Minn., May 25 (UPI) -- A crash between two semitrailer-trucks and two cars killed two people and released thousands of bees from one of the trucks, police in Lakeville, Minn. said.

The collision occurred Monday on Interstate 35 in Lakeville, closing a 5-mile stretch of the road for several hours, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday.

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One of the trucks carried more than 17 million bees in 700 hives. The truck was en route from Mississippi, where the bees had spent the winter, to farms in North Dakota, said Dale Bauer of Bauer Honey Inc. of Fertile, Minn., which owns the bees.

Most of the bees stayed in the truck but some hives fell to the ground, creating a "big black cloud," Lakeville Fire Chief Scott Nelson said.

Fire fighters wearing full gear and face masks dispersed the bee cloud with fire hoses.

It was unclear what caused the accident, which killed the drivers of the two cars, Kari Rasmussen, 24, of St. Anthony, Minn., and Pamela Brinkhaus, 50, of Elko, Minn.

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