Semi-Truck Carrying Millions of Bees Crashes in Auburn

AUBURN — A semi-truck carrying millions of bees crashed in Auburn on Thursday night.

The truck, which was hauling hundreds of hives, was involved in a solo vehicle crash near Andrews and Nevada streets.

Auburn police say there was police activity in the area of I-80 and Andrews. The driver told police that traffic came to a sudden stop and he swerved off the freeway to avoid causing a chain reaction crash. He drove off the ramp and crashed on the roadway, spilling several million bees.

The driver of the truck has been transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Beekeeper Nathan Smith said the bees were traveling from Montana and were headed to the Central Valley to pollinate almond trees for the spring. He said since the crash happened late at night and rain is on the way, the only humane way to contain the bees was to kill them by spraying soapy water on them.

Smith said the truckload of bees was worth between $1 million and $2 million.

Andrews Street has been shut down in both directions. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.