Trucker Hauling Bees Dies in SeMo Wreck; 17 Million Bees Swarm I-55

SCOTT CITY, MO - A truck driver hauling more than 17 million bees dies in an accident on Interstate 55, and three southeast Missouri beekeepers were called in to help manage the swarm of bees that escaped after the wreck.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon, killing 37-year-old Alan Hunter of Richville, Minnesota.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says Hunter apparently fell asleep at the wheel.  The semi sideswiped a bridge guardrail near Scott City, went off the road and overturned in a soybean field.

Firefighters put on full gear and taped their sleeves at the wrists to protect themselves from the swarm of bees.  Each of the 700 beehives in the trailer contained about 25,000 bees.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)