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By Meghan Sparks

A sticky situation along I-90

WINONA COUNTY, MN (FOX 47) -- Things were a buzz Tuesday morning along I-90 as a crash sent around six million bees swarming into the air.

Jeff Pischke of the MN State Patrol says, "When I first pulled up the truck itself you couldn't see the truck. It was a white truck but it was completly yellow and black. It was just covered you couldn't see anything except bees."

Emergency crews from around the area responded to the crash and three professional beekeepers were even brought in to help.

"There was probably 200 bee hives on that truck," says professional beekeeper Dennis Goetz.

The crash happened around 6:45 Tuesday morning shutting down a portion of the westbound lanes between St. Charles and Lewiston until about noon.

Jeff Pischke says, "Initially when we got here the lanes were blocked becasue of the boxes but we got those cleaned up and out of the way so at least we got the traffic moving into the one lane and contain the bees into teh median part of the road so that we could get both lanes of traffic moving through here."

In order to contain the bees emergency crews had to spray the area with foam and then throw away what was left of the hundreds of bee boxes.

Dennis Goetz says, "I was surprised at how well that got the bees out of the air becasue it was just black with bees above the truck I mean them bees was flying all over everywhere."

One beekeeper that we spoke with says the load was a total loss.

The truck driver was taken to St. Marys Hospital but was later treated and released.

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