Bees swarm in Forsyth after I-75 accident

awoolen@macon.comNovember 3, 2013 

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Beekeepers, suited up for a war, survey the damage along I-75 where a shipment of bees wrecked just south of the Ga. 18 bridge.

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A tractor-trailer tire blowout created a sticky situation Sunday morning on Interstate 75 southbound in Monroe County.

The truck was carrying bee hives, said Allison Selman-Willis, public information officer for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Two lanes of traffic were closed for several hours so the broken boxes containing the hives and honey combs could be moved to the grass alongside the interstate, said Monroe County Emergency Agency Director Matthew Perry.

Local beekeepers assisted the Monroe EMA officials with the cleanup.

“That’s the most bees I’ve ever seen,” said Perry, who estimated the number was in the millions.

The accident happened near the Ga. 18 bridge in Forsyth.

Beekeepers painstakingly took the honeycombs out of the broken hives to salvage the bees’ homes. The bees stayed near the hives.

The cleanup effort was estimated to take all day Sunday.

“That was a sticky mess,” Perry said.

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