Millions of bees shut down highway I-5 in Washington state after the semitruck carrying the hives overturned on Friday before daybreak.
Local news station KIRO-TV was the first on the scene
, and intrepid reporter Jeff Dubois powered through a news segment while he and his camera crew were assailed by the stinging insects.
Washington State Patrol said the truck was northbound near Lynnwood when it tipped around 3:30 a.m. The driver was not injured.
Law enforcement soon called Belleville Honey in Burlingon, the company that owns the bees, to see if they could help clean up the mess.
A team of bee keepers arrived on the scene in full fatigues not long after, and began using smoke canisters to calm the bees. They reported that many died, while others were agitated and ready to protect and die for the queen bee living in each hive.
Each box contained roughly 5,000 bees, they said, and there were dozens of boxes dumped onto the blacktop.
Around 6 a.m., sunrise further agitated the bees, so firefighters began to spray insecticide foam over the boxes to kill them, a development Dubois further documented via his Twitter account.
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