Millions of bees unleashed on Utah town after semi carrying hives flips, officials say

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Park City Fire District

Millions of bees are swarming a Utah town, and at least two people have been sent to the hospital, officials said.

A semi truck rolled over on I-80 near Silver Creek Canyon on Monday, June 27, the Park City Fire District said.

The truck was hauling more than 200 beehives when it flipped.

“Millions of bees are estimated to be loose in the area,” officials said in a statement. “Local beekeepers are working to recover as many bees as possible.”

Trails in the area have shut down because there are too many bees for it to be safe.

“Avoid walking, biking, or riding through the Silver Creek section of the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail, especially for the next several days,” officials said.

At least two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after bees stung them multiple times.

What to know if you’re stung by a bee

Between 2000 and 2017, more than 1,100 people died from hornet, wasp or bee stings in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People who get stung by a bee can have swelling, redness and itching, Johns Hopkins Medicine reported. Some people have life-threatening allergic reactions to bee stings.

If you get stung by a bee, medical professionals recommend taking these steps:

  • Remove the stinger by scraping across the side with a credit card, dull knife or fingernail.

  • Don’t try to pull the stinger out of the skin. It could release more venom.

  • Wash the area with soap and water.

  • Place a cold cloth or ice pack on the sting to reduce swelling.

  • Keep your leg or arm raised.

  • Apply baking soda and water or an antihistamine cream to the sting,

  • Take acetaminophen for pain.

  • Watch closely for serious symptoms for an hour or more.

  • Call 911 if you start to experience serious symptoms, or if the sting was in your mouth, nose or throat.

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