Emergency responders stung in bee truck rollover

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Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:41 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: bee truck, rollover, emergency responders, stung, honeybees, Nevada, Rudy Breneman, Las Vegas, bee hive, beekeeper, WBRZ

TONOPAH, Nev. - Several emergency responders have been stung after a flatbed truck carrying honeybees rolled over in rural Nevada.

Authorities say 66-year-old truck driver Rudy Breneman had been hauling a load of bees from Bruce, S.D., to California when he pulled to the side of the highway east of Tonopah - about 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas - on Monday afternoon.

Breneman told troopers the big rig started sinking into the soft dirt of the shoulder and eventually tipped over, breaking open many of the hives.

State troopers, sheriff's deputies and firefighters all were stung.

Trooper Wes Hubred says he was stung seven times.

Troopers say firefighters tried to contain the bees with water before beekeepers arrived.

Breneman wasn't injured in the accident and is not being cited.

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