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Delaware Drivers Warned to Watch Out for Bees

Delaware transportation officials on Wednesday warned motorists along Interstate 95 near Wilmington to keep their car windows closed and avoid unnecessary stops because of honeybee swarms unleashed by the crash of a tractor trailer carrying 460 hives.

Traffic along I-95 are met with a warning sign from DelDOT to keep their car windows closed due to swarming bees
Traffic along I-95 are met with a warning sign from DelDOT to keep their car windows closed due to swarming bees (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, Andre L Smith)

The ramp to I-95 in Newark reopened more than 12 hours after the rig carrying an estimated 16 million to 20 million bees crashed Tuesday. Crews were spraying foam in the area to contain the swarms.

“There’s still some bees out there,” said state police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.

The accident prompted state police to activate for the first time a honeybee swarm removal plan that was established in 1995, Shavack said.

“It worked really well,” he said.

The plan, which was updated in March, involves a response network of beekeepers statewide. Three beekeepers from New Castle County responded to the scene after Tuesday’s accident. The initial response including using fire hoses to tamp down the swarms.

Shavack said he was told that the bees were being transported from Florida to Maine to assist in blueberry production.

The driver of the truck, Adolfo Guerra, 55, of Miami, was cited for unsafe shifting of load or cargo.

Guerra, his son, and another passenger were taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment of minor injuries from the crash and multiple bee stings.


(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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