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article imageTransport Truck Carrying 12 Million Honeybees Overturns in New Brunswick

By Bob Ewing     Jun 30, 2008 in Business
A transport truck carrying bee hives that contained approximately 12 million honey bees overturned on the Trans-Canada Highway in Northern New Brunswick.
Blueberries are a major business in northeastern new Brunswick so big that it is necessary to transport the honey needed to pollinate them from field to field.
Earlier today, a transport truck that was hauling 330 crates of honey bees back to Ontario from a field near Tracadie-Sheila, NB, overturned on the Trans-Canada Highway not far from St. Leonard. The accident freed about 12 millions honey bees.
The bees are gradually being transferred to another truck. Fortunately the cool, wet weather kept the bees from roaming far from the crates they were being transported in.
Bee experts in New Brunswick are now slowing moving more than 12 million honeybees from the overturned truck to another vehicle.
The truck was transporting 330 crates of the insects, which were being returned to a beekeeper in Ontario after being used to pollinate blueberry crops near Tracadie-Sheila in northeastern New Brunswick, when its load shifted and overturned on a Trans-Canada Highway ramp near Saint-Léonard in northwest New Brunswick on Monday morning, RCMP said.
The driver of the truck was not injured in the accident, and only some of the crates, which held about 35,000 bees each were damaged in the accident.
But thousands of bees are still covering the back of the truck and the road surrounding it.
Seven bee experts are on the since and wearing full beekeeper suits, they sprayed the insects with smoke to calm them.
The bees will not be moved until nightfall, as they often return to their hives when it gets dark.
If the weather becomes warmer an dries up, there is a fire truck on standby that will hose the bees down; bees do not generally fly in wet weather.
"Weather conditions, birds and so forth would take a toll on the unprotected bees," Richard Duplain, vice-president of the New Brunswick Beekeepers Association said.
"They don't create their own paper nest like wasps or hornets or bumblebees. They're pretty much at risk to the elements if they're not under the care and attention of an experienced beekeeper."
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