Bee truck overturns near Sigurd

A swarm of bees buzz around the remains of a semi that crashed June 12 near Sigurd. Injuries were minor for the driver, but the hives were disposed of so the truck could be cleared from the side of the road.

SIGURD — A wreck resulted in the loss of more than 400 beehives June 12 near Sigurd.

The accident occurred approximately two miles east of Sigurd as a 2003 Peterbilt semi suffered a mechanical failure, according to information released by the Utah Highway Patrol.

The driver, Kevin Muir, 31, Aurora, suffered possible injuries and was wearing a seat belt at the time.

When the mechanical failure affected the truck, it slid out of control and went off the right side of the roadway. The truck continued to slide out of control and overturned, twisting the frame and dumping its load of beehives.

The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. 

In the morning, emergency crews began the job of attempting to cleanup the broken hives. 

First, firefighters from the Richfield City Fire Department foamed the area around the broken hives. Clumps of bees the size of softballs fell from the tractor-trailer as it was being foamed. 

At the owner’s request, the remains of the hives were burned by the fire department. Once the hives were disposed of, crews could remove the truck.

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