A truck hauling live bees overturned in Newark, Delaware on the 896 ramp of I-95, northbound yesterday (Tuesday).
Authorities warn that there may still be angry bees in the area.
The rig was carrying an estimated 20 million bees and 460 hives on its route between Florida and Maine. The ramp was closed all day Tuesday due to the accident, and reopened this morning around 7:00 a.m. According to beekeeper Paul Dill, the bees were traumatized and irritable.
The Delaware State Police Department was forced to utilize their ‘Bee Swarm Removal Plan’ for the first time in 14 years. This plan includes rounding up beekeepers, the local fire department, and strategically dispersing the swarms. After this is completed, then the trailer can be uprighted again. The 55-year-old driver – Adolfo Guerra, his son, and the other passenger were all hospitalized and in stable condition. Each of them were stung 50-100 times. Guerra was cited for unsafe shifting of load or cargo.