TORONTO — Police west of Toronto on Wednesday warned drivers to maintain their automotive windows closed after a truck spilled crates carrying five million bees onto a road.
Halton Regional Police said they received a call around 6:15 a.m. reporting the bee crates had come loose from a truck and spilled onto Guelph Line, north of Dundas Street, in Burlington, Ontario, just west of Toronto.
It was “quite the scene,” Constable Ryan Anderson said.
“Crates were literally on the road and swarms of bees were flying around,” he said. “The initial beekeeper that was on scene was apparently stung a couple of times.”
The scene prompted police to warn drivers to shut their windows as they passed by and for pedestrians to avoid the world.
About an hour after police put out a notice on social media, several beekeepers were in contact with police offering to assist. Six or seven beekeepers eventually arrived on the scene, Anderson said.
By around 9:15 a.m., police said many of the 5 million bees had been safely collected and the crates were being hauled away. Some crates had been left behind for the uncollected bees to return to them on their very own.
A colony of honeybees in summer has around 50,000 to 80,000 bees, based on the Canadian Honey Council, a national association of beekeepers.
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