133m Bees Escape In US As Truck Overturns

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A driver error led to a truck overturning and its cargo of an estimated 133 million bees escaping in the U.S. state of Montana, local media reported on Tuesday.

“Fuel was leaking from the truck, mandating a quick response by rescue workers, who used self-contained breathing apparatus packs to minimise and reduce the risk of being stung,’’ assistant fire chief Brian Nickolay told broadcaster KBZK.

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NBC news said local officials put out warnings amid concerns for people with bee allergies.

“No one was hurt in the crash,’’ the media outlets reported.

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A beekeeper was called in to assist the rescue crews and NBC reported that the owner of the cargo may give whatever bees are recaptured to local residents. (dpa/NAN)

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