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    Michigan truck hauling 50 million bees crashes, unleashing swarm

    Boyne City —  A truck hauling bee hives crashed and overturned along a northern Michigan roadway, unleashing a big swarm of bees, police said.

    The truck overturned about 2 p.m. Wednesday and dumped its load of bee boxes along a Charlevoix County road, prompting police to urge residents to keep windows and doors closed.

    “There was a very large swarm,” Charlevoix County Sheriff Charles Vondra said Thursday.

    He said he was told that upwards of 50 million bees were in the truck’s load of bee boxes when it crashed near Boyne City, a community about 260 miles northwest of Detroit. 

    Local firefighters sprayed water on the boxes to keep the insects cool in the heat of the day until beekeepers could arrive and begin retrieving the hive-filled boxes and loading them onto trucks that hauled them away, he said.

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