Project Nsearch

God, Hope & Helping Others

Delaware Highway Wreck Let Loose 20 Million Honeybees

A truck carrying 460 hives crashed on its route from Florida to Maine.

May 22, 2014 
Kristina Bravo is a Los Angeles–based writer. She is a fellow at TakePart.

Honeybees are disappearing, and scientists don’t exactly know why. Yet here’s where 20 million of them swarmed this week: on a highway ramp in Newark, Del.

A rig carrying 460 honeybee hives from Florida turned over at an Interstate 95 ramp on its way to Maine on Tuesday night. Police have cited driver Adolfo Guerra for unsafe transportation of cargo. He and his two passengers suffered 50 to 100 bee stings each and were taken by an ambulance to a nearby hospital. Others, including officers and passing motorists, were reportedly stung as well.

“We contacted beekeepers to assist,” Sgt. Paul Shavack told Delaware Online. According to Shavack, the swarms were so tremendous that they couldn’t “even get close to the truck.”

Following a “bee swarm removal procedure” that was used for the first time, the bee handlers worked with firefighters to spray water to disperse the bees. The beekeepers inspected the hives and saved what they could before the truck was moved. The ramp reopened Wednesday morning, 12 hours after the crash.

Despite the seemingly huge number of bees at the accident site, that pales in comparison with the fact that about one-third of honeybee colonies in the United States have disappeared since 2006. This prompted scientists to declare an outbreak of colony collapse disorder. Though the exact cause still spurs debate, the USDA Research Service and China’s Academy of Agricultural Science discovered last year that a pathogen called tobacco ringspot virus has been spreading in bees. More recently, Harvard researchers blamed pesticides used to grow corn and soy as a major driver of CCD. They believe that exposure to the chemicals causes memory, cognition, or behavior impairment in the insects.

As for the Newark accident’s salvaged bees, the unidentified bee handlers got to keep them.

"They were authorized to do that by the trucking company," said Shavack.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: May 22, 2014

An earlier version of this article misstated the accident's location. It was in Newark, Delaware.

related stories on takepart

Views: 74

Tags: 20, 460, Delaware, Florida, Highway, Maine, carrying, crashed, hives, honeybees, More…loose, million, truck, wreck


You need to be a member of Project Nsearch to add comments!

Join Project Nsearch

Visit Our Sponsors!

It is the Ministry of NSearch that all inherit the Kingdom of God

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law....

Now the works of the flesh are evident, 

which are adultery fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies,

outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy,

murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like;

of which I (Paul the Apostle) tell you beforehand,

just as I also told you in time past, that those who 

practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,

against such there is no law. Those who are Christ's

have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another,

envying one another.

Galatians 5:18-26

{Sorcery: "Pharmakia;" Primarily mentioned as one of the "works of the flesh." In "sorcery" the use of drugs. Blue Letter Bible. Galatians 5:20}

Nsearch Cool Gadgets

Russian Device Treats Diseases!

Get all the details on the Russian device and much more in my FREE ebook when you Sign Up for Project Nsearch and go to the Bonuses page when logged in!  Email if you have problems.

© 2022   Created by Glenn Canady.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service