Rescue effort launched after truck carrying bee hives tips over

4:35 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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MADRAS, Oregon (KTVZ) -- A California truck driver was unhurt Saturday night when he swerved to avoid an animal in the road and his rig overturned along Highway 97 north of Madras, Oregon.

But it's the animals he was transporting - a load of occupied beehive boxes - that prompted extra caution by first responders, who decided it was best to just let them "bee" for a while.

Martin Garcia, 52, was pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with beehive boxes that crashed around 8:35 p.m.

Beekeepers worked for 12 hours to collect the millions of bees freed in the crash.

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