Truck hauling beehives crashes on Ore. highway

Truck hauling beehives crashes on Ore. highway
Photo by Oregon State Police.

MADRAS, Ore. -- Thousands of bees spilled off a loaded truck in Central Oregon Saturday night when a commercial semi carrying hive boxes rolled onto its side.

Police said the truck driver, Martin Garcia, was not hurt in the crash. Garcia told police he swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road, and could not regain control of the truck.

It happened at around 8:30 p.m. on Highway 97 about 16 miles north of Madras.

State police troopers cited Garcia for failing to maintain a lane.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said that a small fire started when a towing company tried to move the truck. ODOT officials said they put out the fire before it spread; they suspect it was caused by the electrical system.

It's unclear if any bees escaped.