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Several crashes reportedly blamed on swarming bees after semi hauling hives overturns on I-15 in Idaho

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 22:22:26-04

POCATELLO, Idaho – Several crashes have reportedly occurred on I-15 in Idaho Thursday afternoon, and officials said two of the crashes were a result of swarms of bees released when a semitrailer overturned on the freeway.

EastIdahoNews.com reports that all lanes of I-15 were initially closed near mile post 71 near Pocatello after a semitrailer overturned and released a large amount of bees. A later update stated southbound lanes and one northbound lane had reopened, but the right-hand lane of NB I-15 was still closed.

They further report Idaho State Police said a two-vehicle crash with injuries occurred a few miles away as a result of the bees, and another crash involving a motorcycle also occurred as a result of the bees.

The bees are reportedly moving north-west, and North Pocatello residents were asked to stay indoors and keep windows closed to avoid the swarming bees.

Several photos and a video courtesy of EastIdahoNews.com show the hive of activity at the scene. See the gallery below and the video above for those images, and visit EastIdahoNews.com for more photos and local coverage of this story.