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Delaware Highway Shutdown After 460 Honeybee Hives Freed

A Delaware highway was shut down after 460 beehives from Florida were unleashed after a vehicle overturned. The tractor trailer was delivering the 16 to 20 million bees when it overturned on the northbound ramp of 896 to northbound I-95 in Newark at around 6:10 p.m. Tuesday evening, CBS Philly reported. The crash freed the bees, forcing authorities to shut down the ramp until approximately 7 p.m. while the bees were removed.

“I was loading the car up over here and then I saw bees everywhere,” Mike Gray, a tow truck driver, told the station. Mike was at the scene towing a car when he witnessed the bees being freed.

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“I’ve seen eggs and chickens, but never a bee truck flipped over,” Gray said.

The driver along with two other passengers in the trailer were taken to Christina Hospital with minor injuries, including 50 to 100 bee stings each, the Associated Press reported. Other people in the area also reported being stung by the massive swarm of bees.

Police cited the driver, Adolfo Guerra, for carrying an unsafe load or cargo, CBS Philly reported. He was in the process of delivering the bees to Main to be used for pollination purposes when the unexpected incident took place on the Delaware highway.

Guerra was driving onto the ramp’s turn when several wooden crates shifted inside the trailer, causing it to fall over to its left side and skid against the guardrail. The bees escaped from their crates and wreaked havoc along the Delaware highway.

The Delaware State Police Department had to implement the “Bee Swarm Removal Plan,” where local beekeepers and fire crews work in tandem to help disperse the bees using water. It was the first time the plan had been used in 14 years.

Authorities are still in the process of investigating the crash.

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