20 Million Bees Unleashed After Truck Crashes On Delaware Highway

Three men suffered as many as 100 bee stings from the swarm.

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Like a nightmare, millions upon millions of bees poured from a toppled semi-truck Tuesday evening in Delaware.

The truck was hauling 460 beehives from Florida to Maine when it crashed on Interstate 95 onramp near Newark, Delaware, according to local police. The crash happened when the truck failed to completely negotiate a turn.

Millions of bees on the loose in Delaware after a truck overturns on 95! @DKinchenFOX29 is there. See you at 10.

Iain Page@IainPageFox29

Millions of bees on the loose in Delaware after a truck overturns on 95! @DKinchenFOX29 is there. See you at 10.

6:29 PM - 20 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police say 16 to 20 million bees swarmed around the truck after the crash.

The swarm of bees was so thick police couldn't even get close to the truck for almost an hour.

Update: Truck was hauling 16-20 million honeybees from Florida to Maine. @SuchatPederson photo http://t.co/G3BwM6IC2X

delawareonline@delawareonline

Update: Truck was hauling 16-20 million honeybees from Florida to Maine. @SuchatPederson photo http://t.co/G3BwM6IC2X

6:42 PM - 20 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

State police closed down the interstate, but not before the driver and two passengers were stung again and again.

The three men suffered 50 to 100 bee stings each and were hospitalized. The driver also suffered a minor arm injury.

UPDATE: 2 hurt after truck carrying thousands of bees overturns on I-95 in Delaware: http://t.co/IMEBPROuxl

NBC10 Philadelphia@NBCPhiladelphia

UPDATE: 2 hurt after truck carrying thousands of bees overturns on I-95 in Delaware: http://t.co/IMEBPROuxl

4:41 PM - 20 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police had to call in beekeepers to help them deal with the massive swarm.

Somewhat incredibly, police had a plan in place for just such a scenario. The "bee swarm removal procedure" included a list of experts to call, who later showed up to help. Those experts recommended spraying the bees down instead of wrangling them back up. The spraying continued into the evening.

Bee truck (who knew) overturns on I95. @SuchatPederson took a stinger for the team for photos. http://t.co/OpgsF56DZB

Robert Long@rbtlong

Bee truck (who knew) overturns on I95. @SuchatPederson took a stinger for the team for photos. http://t.co/OpgsF56DZB

5:05 PM - 20 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On a rather less terrifying note, the truck company is letting the beekeepers who helped with the cleanup keep the bees.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Jim Dalrymple II at jim.dalrymple@buzzfeed.com.

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