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Tractor-Trailer Overturns in Delaware Causing Bee Swarm

Tina Robinson2 years ago

Clean-up crews were abuzz in Newark, Del. on Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer accident spilled millions of bees on a section of I-95, according to CBS News.

About the Bee Swarm Accident

Delaware State Police were forced to activate a “Bee Removal Plan” after a tractor-trailer carrying approximately 20 million bees overturned on I-95. The semi crashed on the ramp connecting northbound 898 to northbound I-95 in Newark and released millions of bees. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Authorities said the swarm was so dense that crews had to first disperse the bees before the overturned truck could be turned upright. Local bee keepers were brought in to assist fire crews as they sprayed water on the swarm.

The driver of the truck and two passengers sustained minor injuries in the crash but suffered anywhere from 50 to 100 bee stings in the aftermath. They were taken to an area hospital for treatment and reported to be in stable condition.

Bee Sting Facts

Most times, a single bee sting is painful but only causes minor injuries. However, people who are allergic can experience anaphylactic shock which causes swelling of the throat, itching, nausea and other serious reactions. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, about 2 million people in the U.S. are allergic to bee strings. Each year approximately 100 people in the U.S. die from bee stings.

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