Millions of bees swarm, close Del. highway ramp

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Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 9:07 PM

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police say as many as 20 million swarming bees released after a tractor-trailer carrying them overturned near Newark have shut down a highway ramp. Troopers are telling travelers to stay away from the area.

Sgt. Paul Shavack says the tractor-trailer fell on its side about 6:10 p.m. Tuesday on a curve on the ramp from Route 896 to Interstate 95.

Troopers say the driver and two passengers were able to get out of the vehicle, but were stung 50 to 100 times each and were taken to a hospital. Shavack says there were reports of passers-by being stung.

Shavack says troopers called three bee handlers to the scene, who are working with firefighters to spray water to disperse the insects.

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