20 Million Bees Swarm Delaware Highway After Tractor-Trailer Crash

Authorities in Delaware spent most of Tuesday night cleaning up the wreckage from a tractor-trailer crash. The cleanup took longer than usual because of the truck's cargo: 20 million bees, most of which escaped and swarmed the truck.

From NBC Philadelphia:

The big rig, which was holding about 20 million bees in 460 boxes, overturned on the state Route 896 northbound on-ramp to I-95 northbound in Newark shortly after 6 p.m., according to officials.

It would take nearly 13 hours to clean-up the mess.

Proving it always pays to be prepared, Delaware State Sgt. Paul Shavack said it was the first time the state had used their "honeybee swarm removal plan."

Three bee handlers were called to the scene. They, along with firefighters, worked to disperse the bees, 90 percent of which were lost after the crash.

"They've been traumatized so they're pretty well upset now," Paul Dill, one of the beekeepers, told NBC Philadelphia.

Another witness described the bees as "thirsty... disoriented and angry." Sounds about right.

The truck's driver, Adolfo Guerra, and two passengers suffered minor injuries in the crash. They were also stung 50-100 times each. Guerra was later cited for unsafe shifting of a load in relation to a crash.

[h/t Uproxx]