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Updated: Driver Cited After Tractor-Trailer Overturns, Releasing Bees

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Aerial view of Tuesday afternoon's crash scene in Newark, Del. (Photo: CBS) Aerial view of Tuesday afternoon's crash scene in Newark, Del. (Photo: CBS)
NEWARK, Del.- Delaware State Police cited a Miami man for having an unsafe cargo after the tractor-trailer he was driving overturned Tuesday evening in Newark, releasing millions of bees that it was carrying.

Troopers said the incident happened shortly after 6 p.m., as 55-year-old Adolfo Guerra was operating a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling from DE 896 northbound onramp to I-95 northbound, hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with crates that contained live bees. Police said that as the tractor-trailer negotiated the turn of the ramp, the load of wooden crates shifted, causing the tractor trailer to overturn on its left side on the ramp, striking the guardrail. Police said that after the impact, swarms of bees were released from the crated hives that saturated the area causing hazardous conditions.
 
Troopers said they activated a preexisting “Honey Bee Swarm Removal Plan,” which brought local bee keepers/handlers to the scene and additional resources.  The bee experts worked in coordination with troopers and firefighters from the Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company of Newark to mitigate the bee hazard. Firefighters were able to disperse and incapacitate the swarms with water spray from hose lines advanced from fire engines.
 
Preliminary investigation determined that the truck was hauling approximately 460 bee hives totaling an estimated 16-20 million honey bees, which were being transported from Florida to Maine for pollination purposes.
 
Police said Guerra was properly restrained in the vehicle and was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash and approximately 50-100 bee stings.
 
Two passengers in the tractor-trailer, a 24 year old man, also from Miami, and a 25-year-old man from Hialeah, Fla., were transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with minor injuries. Police said the men also suffered an estimated 50-100 bee stings each. 

Guerra was cited for unsafe shifting load/cargo in connection with the crash.
 
The ramp from DE 896 northbound to I-95 northbound was closed to traffic for approximately 13 hours while the crash was investigated, bee experts removed the salvageable hives, and the crash was cleared.




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