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Trailer carrying bees involved in multi-vehicle crash on I-85; 1 person injured

Bee Truck wreck on I-85

A tractor-trailer hauling bees and yellow jackets was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on northbound I-85 near the weigh station next to the Catawba River. A second bee truck parked at the weigh station had to be sprayed with water to cool off
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A tractor-trailer hauling bees and yellow jackets was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on northbound I-85 near the weigh station next to the Catawba River. A second bee truck parked at the weigh station had to be sprayed with water to cool off

A trailer carrying bees was involved in a wreck with three tractor trailers on I-85 Tuesday, blocking three lanes of traffic and causing major delays.

The crash happened just after 3 p.m. on northbound I-85 on the Catawba River bridge, which is just north of Exit 27. Officials confirmed one of the vehicles involved was loaded with honey bees and yellow jackets.

N.C. Department of Transportation officials said the three lanes were expected to be closed for several hours, and urged drivers to seek alternate routes. All lanes were back open around 6 p.m.

It appeared that three tractor trailers and a smaller vehicle pulling a trailer collided with one another. Two of the tractor trailers had heavy front-end damage.

Medic said one person suffered minor injuries in the crash, and is expected to be OK. Investigators have not said how the crash may have happened.

Additional crews and a beekeeper were called to the scene to deal with the bees.

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