A tractor-trailer carrying “millions” of honeybees overturned on a highway around 6:10 pm on Tuesday in Newark, Delaware. First responders had to suit up in protective gear before responding to the crash on a northbound ramp of Delaware Route 896 that goes to northbound Interstate 95 as the bees swarmed the highway. Philadelphia’s CBS 3 reports that this is the first time in 14 years that Delaware State Police had to use their “Honey Bee Swarm Removal Plan,” which does require that police locate and use local beekeepers.
The removal plan hasn’t completely eliminated the bees yet, as police are warning motorists to keep their windows up, but the road has been re-opened. The truck’s driver, Adolfo Guerra, has been charged with having an unsafe load/cargo. Guerra and two passengers in the truck suffered between 50 and 100 bee stings each, and were treated for minor injuries.
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