Half-million dollars worth of bees swarm after truck gets stuck

NELIGH, Neb. -- A truck carrying a half-million dollars worth of honeybees got stuck outside of Neligh Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after noon on Highway 14 about a mile north of town.

The truck was stopped for a mechanical issue and the bees started to swarm. Fire officials tried to calm them down by simulating rain with their hose.

A tow truck eventually arrived and help get the driver and his bees back on the road. The truck was bound for Canada.

Neligh Fire Chief Michael Mortenson said it was one of the strangest calls of his life.

In the meantime, northeast Nebraska drivers may notice a few extra pollinators around the local flowers.