Re: Bee truck crash
Been there, done that. I have a friend whose ten wheeler sank into a soft shoulder and flopped over on its side. No real way to right it w/ the load strapped to it, so he cut all of the straps. The ratchets were on the underside, the passenger side, of the load.
Originally Posted by urbanoutlaw
I got a call and called other nearby beekeepers and about 12 of us showed up to deal w/ the mess. Not much broken equipment, other than the straps. But quite a few confused bees. Some colonys got doubled up when put back together on the pallets. Some hives had two excluders in them. Recovery took all Summer, it seemed.
The pintel hitch on the nose of the trailer twisted the nose of the trailer. The trailer and skidsteer stayed upright.
The incidence in the article is much worse, but maybe in some ways easier to deal with. Looks like to me as though the best thing would have been a front end loader and a cpl dump trucks to take everything to a burn pit. Sweep it off of the road and get traffic back to normal.
I have insurance on my hives. I hope I don't have to use it. $150.00 per hive might replace the boxes, but not the lost income. I don't know if I can afford insurance that would cover lost income.
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