Five million angry bees fall off truck in Ontario after truck transporting them swerved and dropped wooden hives which exploded into swarm over two lanes of traffic
- Beekeeper Tristan Jameson had been travelling in Ontario, Canada, when he swerved in his truck and dropped the hives carrying five million bees
- Police issued a warning to tell drivers to keep their windows closed after the incident on Wednesday morning
- Around six local beekeepers arrived on the scene to help round up the bees after the notice by police was shared on social media
Five million angry bees fell off a truck in Canada on Wednesday morning after the driver swerved, causing the swarm to spill out over the two lanes of traffic.
The crates had come loose from the truck and spilled onto Guelph Line in the town of Burlington, Ontario, just west of Toronto. It remains unclear where they were being transported from and where they were going.
Due to the number of bees, local police officers had to issue a warning telling drivers to keep their car windows closed.
Around six local beekeepers arrived on the scene after the notice by police was shared on social media.
Constable Ryan Anderson said: ‘Crates were literally on the road and swarms of bees were flying around. The initial beekeeper that was on scene was apparently stung a few times.’
Beekeepers return bees after they fell from a truck carrying hives which swerved
The driver of the bee truck Tristan Jameson, left, walks with the owner of the bees, Alexander Haley, centre, and a beekeeper
Beekeeper Mike Osborne uses his hand to look for the queen bee as he removes bees from a car
By around 9:15 am, police said most of the five million bees had been safely collected and the crates were being hauled away. Some crates had been left behind for the uncollected bees to return to them on their own.
Beekeeper Luc Peters turned up at the scene and told CBC: ‘It sounds bigger than it is for the most part, because a colony of bees could be 80,000 bees.
‘It’s important for people to understand that honey bees are fairly gentle and really don’t bother people unless they are bothered.
‘This is a rare situation where you have to keep your distance from them.’
Peters said getting stung is all in a day’s work for a beekeeper.
‘I’m not fazed by it really,’ he said, though he called the incident an ‘unusual case’ because normally this many bees would be staying inside their boxes.
Tristan Jameson, the beekeeper who had been hauling the bees, told Global News he swerved his vehicle before the hives fell from the rear.
Jameson said: ‘I was driving down the road, something ran across, or a bag, and I swerved. Nearly swerved into the ditch, tried to correct, and dumped all the hives.’
While the majority of bees have been cleared from the area, police said a few crates were left behind for the bees they were unable to catch.
Aerial footage of the scene showed people in white beekeeping suits placing dozens of crates back onto the trailer.
Beekeeper Tyler Trute can be seen here attempting to removes bees from a car in Ontario
Bees buzz around after a truck carrying bee hives swerved on Guelph Line road causing the hives to fall and release bees in Burlington, Ontario
Other video taken at the scene shows the group of beekeepers attempting to herd the insects back into the hives.
A large number can be seen swarming around them and clinging to their bee suits as they do so.
Jameson continued: ‘Right now, there is a ton of bees just all over the place. We’re waiting for them to calm down, relax and come back to the hive and hopefully get as many bees out of here as safely as possible.’
In a tweet just after 9 am, police said the area should reopen shortly ‘thanks to the overwhelming response from beekeepers coming to help.’
A colony of honeybees in summer has around 50,000 to 80,000 bees, according to the Canadian Honey Council, a national association of beekeepers.