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Cuesta Grade traffic back to normal after smashed bee boxes cleared

Traffic on the Cuesta Grade is slow Thursday morning after bee boxes fell off a truck and debris scattered through the lanes.
Traffic on the Cuesta Grade is slow Thursday morning after bee boxes fell off a truck and debris scattered through the lanes. Casey Vert

A Thursday morning crash in the center divider of Highway 101 on the Cuesta Grade sent wooden boxes carrying honeybees across the highway, clogging traffic as Caltrans crews mopped up the scene and the truck operator called in private beekeepers.

No injuries, bee-related or otherwise, were reported.

A big rig carrying the boxes hit a center divider just before 5:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck quickly veered to the right, dropping the boxes and other debris across both the southbound and northbound lanes on the south side of the grade.

The CHP had officers on scene to direct traffic as one lane in each direction of the highway was closed for Caltrans crews.

All lanes were reopened by 9 a.m., but about a dozen Caltrans workers responded with three trucks and a street sweeper and remained on the scene doing cleanup until just before noon.

Much of the work involved picking up fragments of the wooden boxes that contained the bees, said Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers. The owner of the big rig also called private beekeepers to collect the bees.

By the early afternoon, the roads were cleared and both directions of traffic were flowing normally, CHP said.

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