Crashes on I-15 unleash swarm of bees in Pocatello area

Three crashes on Interstate 15 near Pocatello unleased a massive swarm of honey bees when the tractor-trailer that had been hauling them was destroyed.

The Idaho Statesman reports that a semi carrying a trailer load of bees hit a concrete barrier Thursday afternoon when the driver reached for something inside the cab and drove off the interstate. The truck overturned off the roadway, releasing the bees from dozens of smashed hives.

One emergency responder was treated for bee stings.

Before the scene could be cleared, a tanker hauling sulfuric acid struck a passenger car about 200 yards away from the bee truck wreckage. The driver of the passenger car was transported to Portneuf Medical Center for injuries.

A motorcyclist lost control and crashed just south of the other wrecks.