Big rig carrying bees overturns on Interstate in Delaware, 20 million escape
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 7:53 AM - Things were buzzing along Interstate 95 in Newark, Delaware on Tuesday.
A big rig carrying a load of bees overturned and as many as 20 million got out.
According to state police, the driver and two passengers were able to get out of the vehicle, but were stung 50 to 100 times each and were taken to a hospital.
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The bees escaped from the hives originally contained within the transport truck.
**Traffic Advisory** T/T Crash with Ramp Closure, DE#896 northbound onramp to I95 northbound Newark-Troopers... https://t.co/ou2X22cLPc— DE State Police PIO (@DEStatePolice) May 20, 2014
"I've seen eggs and chickens, but never a bee truck flipped over," one driver said.
And it's not every day you see first responders swatting away and brushing off before suiting up to get on the job. In fact, it wasn't long before they called for backup of their own.
For the first time in 14 years, Delaware state police had to utilize its "bee swarm removal plan," which involves calling in bee handlers to disperse the bee swarms.
It isn't until that's completed that the overturned tractor trailer can be up-righted.