Semi Wreck Causes More Crashes After Unleashing 20 Million Bees Onto Roadway
On Thursday afternoon, the Idaho State Police say a crash involving a semi created resulted in multiple crashes along I-15 at milepost 71, in Pocatello, ID.
Police say Robert M. Langford, 32, of Ogden, UT, was driving a semi pulling a trailer loaded with thousands of bees.
Authorities say Langford was reaching for an item located in the cab of his 18-wheeler when he drove off the roadway, hitting a concrete barrier under the overpass. The vehicle continued off the roadway and overturned.
Langford was transported by ground ambulance to the Portneuf Medical Center, in Pocatello. The right lane of travel was blocked for approximately three and a half hours.
About 15 minutes after the 18-wheeler’s crash, local media outlets reported another crash on I-15 near the Pocatello 5th Ave. exit involving a motorcycle, according to the Idaho State Journal.
There was an additional crash in the area at 2:15 p.m. on the northbound side of I-15 about two miles north of Pocatello and the bee crash. This crash involved a tanker semi and a car. The car rolled and is on its top and one of the tankers on the semi also rolled.
Butte County Sheriff Wes Collins told the newspaper that he tried to save some of 408 beehives that were dumped onto the sagebrush but was unable to. The bees, 20 million of them, were being transported by a tractor trailer from Idaho to North Dakota.
Brian Wiggins, co-owner of Idaho-based KatieBee Honey, told the Idaho State Journal that the loss represents about 50 percent of his business. He did not provide a dollar estimate but said the loss was covered by insurance.
This crash remains under investigation by Idaho State Police.