Up to 20 million swarming bees escaped when a tractor-trailer carrying them overturned on a US motorway.
Motorists were warned to keep their windows closed and avoid stopping unnecessarily along Interstate 95 near Newark, Delaware.
The motorway was closed for more than 12 hours on Tuesday, as bee handlers worked with firefighters to spray water to disperse the insects.
The accident prompted state police to activate for the first time a honeybee swarm removal plan that was established in 1995.
The plan, which was updated in March, involves a response network of beekeepers statewide.
‘It worked really well,’ said state police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack. ‘There’s still some bees out there.’
The driver of the truck, Adolfo Guerra, 55, of Miami, was cited for unsafe shifting of load or cargo.
Guerra and his son were stung 50 to 100 times each and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
‘They were running down the street covered in bees,’ Lawrence Tan of New Castle County Paramedics told WPVI-TV.
‘There’s no rounding them up,’ Sgt. Shavack added. ‘The water will disperse and calm the bee activity.’
22 May 2014 | 12:37 pm – Source: metro.co.uk