A truck loaded with beehives crashed and rolled on a rural Carterton road this morning spilling dozens of hives and countless bees.
The Greytown-based Hillcrest Honey truck slid and rolled on a straight stretch of Gladstone Road east of Carterton at about 8.30am.
Truck driver and beekeeper Matthew Tocker was wearing a seat belt, and said he was fortunate to escape the crash with just a cut and bruise to his head.
Marks on the roadside indicated the truck veered off the tarseal before sliding back across the road and rolling into a shelterbelt on the right-hand side.
"It rolled and I just held on," Tocker said.
The truck was badly damaged after coming to rest on its side. About a dozen beekeepers from Hillcrest Honey and nearby Wairarapa Manuka Ltd were quickly on the scene clearing the wrecked hives and attempting to recover bees. Hillcrest
Honey owner Nick Riley said there would be considerable losses of both bees and hives as a result of the crash. The bees were not aggressive following the accident but were probably very confused and it was possible workers would not be able to recover many of them, he said.
Police attended the scene and controlled traffic, but the road remained open while the roadside clean-up continued with beekeepers in full protective suits, a forklift and support vehicles.
- Wairarapa News