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Delaware motorists warned to watch out for bees

Wednesday - 5/21/2014, 1:51pm  ET

A few bees fly over the remains from an accident in a dumpster on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Newark, Del. Delaware transportation officials are warning motorists to keep windows closed and avoid unnecessary stops because of honeybee swarms near a highway ramp where a tractor trailer carrying hives overturned. The ramp to Interstate 95 in Newark reopened Wednesday, more than 12 hours after the rig carrying an estimated 16 million to 20 million bees from Florida to Maine crashed Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, Robert Craig) NO SALES

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- 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.

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.


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