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It was a stinging revelation on State Route 99 in Sacramento, California, yesterday: mixing 12 million honeybees, a top-heavy tractor trailer and a tight freeway on-ramp makes a painfully sticky mess that will quickly bring traffic to a halt.

With an estimated 440 bee hives smashed on the side of the highway, and millions of stressed-out bees buzzing wildly and looking for victims, disaster was thankfully averted by a group of beekeepers who happened upon the accident (there's never a cop when you need one, but apparently beekeepers are readily available). Once their hives were re-assembled on another flatbed, the tiny insects made a bee-line for the shelter and, sweet ending in sight, began to bee-have themselves once again. Thanks to everyone who bugged us about the story!

[Source: Baltimore Sun]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      flying into Sac right now! bring it on bees
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would punch every bee in the face.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I actually laughed at you comment. Like something I would say.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Aww, cute Autoblog made a love connection :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought we killed off all the bees?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I need a shower to wash off all these puns.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This actually was a very serious accident that still could cause big problems for farmers. There is a big bee shortage for the pollenating of crops and that was the likely intention of these bees. They are transported all over the country to pollenate crops that would otherwise never develop fruit or vegetables.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought The Register had a much better headline for this story:

      California Highway Patrol Rounds up Queens, Workers

      • 7 Years Ago
      There's a joke in there somewhere.

      The 440, the Bee's, California....

      For some reason, all I could think about was a Dodge Super Bee with a 440 6-pack.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Put the top up and close all the windows motorists!
      • 7 Years Ago
      State Highway 99, not Interstate.

      That is all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I actually got stuck in the jam this caused on Sunday.

      As I was approaching the area, one of those Caltrans signboards read:



      I had never seen so many bees buzzing around in one place in my life. Nor had I ever seen a fireman with a beekeeper's hat on!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I feel bad about this. 60 minutes just did a piece on how many bees are disappearing. Hate to see more lost in a traffic accident.
      watch the video if you a little time. Its pretty interesting



      • 7 Years Ago
      Bees, are the world's hardest working-invisble workforce. True or False? Where have all the bees gone???

      Someone mentioned earlier that working bees are disappearing around North America and other parts of the world as well. I believe this is an interesting situation/scenario...(The disapperance of working bees has a signficant affect on everyone-our environment.)

      Working Bees, help to pollinate the world's crops/plants, food supply and so on. Working Bees, have always been a vital part of the world's ecosystems. I also agree, many of us do have concerns...

      I think within the past few years, with the recent shift in global weather patterns...perhaps, some bee species may learn to adapt while other bee species may diminished altogether. (Oh...my...my...my...sweet honey)

      Very interesting article on the world's hardest working-invisble workforce, Bees.
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