2 days after 5 million bees fell from truck in Burlington, Ontario, public still urged to exercise caution

Two days after a load of five million bees fell from a truck in Burlington, Ont., police said some were “still buzzing” and urged people to be careful in the area.

The incident happened on the Guelph line just north of Dundas Street on Wednesday morning.

Beehives were strewn along the road, prompting police to warn motorists to close their windows and pedestrians to avoid the area.

On Friday, many hives were still on a trailer hitched to a van in a field by the side of the road. At least one beehive was also seen on the ground, closer to the road.

“The hives are still in place and there are still bees buzzing around,” a Halton Regional Police spokesperson said in an email to PKBNEWS.

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“I would still like pedestrians to be careful if they are in the area.”

The scene Friday.

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Police said earlier this week that while the majority of the bees had been collected and the crates would be transported, some crates would be left behind for the bees to return to naturally.

On Wednesday, PKBNEWS spoke with the commercial beekeeper who was driving the truck with the hives, Tristan Jameson, who said he was performing a “hive move” from Milton when he lost control and the hives bees fell from the truck.

“I was driving down the road, something came across, or a bag, and I swerved,” Jameson said. “I almost swerved in the ditch, tried to correct and threw all the hives.”

— With files from Gabby Rodrigues

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