For Louis Hoist and his wife Tammie, 25-million bees on the highway were a bit too many bees for comfort. They were in their truck loaded with 250 beehives that they were transporting from Bruce, South Dakota, to Bakersfield in California. These bees were meant for pollination purposes.
As long as it was hives, they felt comfortable - they usually transported timber and to them the beehives was just another load. But – when the truck overturned at a sharp bend near St George on the interstate highway and the bees escaped from the hives, it was a different story, a panic situation.
Both Louis and Tammie had to be treated for stings, and cuts and, in the bargain, the bees either flew away or had to be killed. It was a terrible financial loss to them to the tune of $116,000.