Several containers of bees awaited pickup after a semi-truck carrying the containers overturned Saturday night on U.S. Highway 97 north of Madras, according to a news release from the Oregon State Police.
At approximately 8:35 p.m. Saturday, the driver of a semi towing a flatbed loaded with an unknown number of occupied beehive boxes swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and lost control of his vehicle. The trailer’s tires went off the paved portion of the highway, causing driver Martin Garcia, 52, of California, to lose control. Both the truck and trailer overturned and came to rest on their sides, blocking the northbound lane and shoulder, according to a report submitted by OSP Trooper Matt Gordon.
No one was injured in the wreck. Garcia was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel.
The Oregon Department of Transportation, OSP and a local tow company responded to the scene. A small fire started during an attempt to right the truck but was quickly extinguished.
The tow company and ODOT decided to leave the beehives on the side of the highway for later removal, according to the release. The hives were expected to be picked up on Sunday.