Nearly 20 million honeybees caused a scene on a Delaware highway on Tuesday night, when a tractor-trailer transporting 460 hives from Florida to Maine overturned near the town of Newark. Officials were still working to calm the massive swarm on Wednesday morning, but luckily the region already has a bee swarm protocol in place. As police spokesperson Paul Shavack told the Associated Press, Delaware state police established an official honeybee swarm removal plan 14 years ago; this is the first time they've had to use it.
"There's no rounding them up," Shavack said of the removal plan, explaining that firefighters will continue to spray water on the insects until the swarm dies down. "The water will disperse and calm the bee activity."
The truck's driver, Adolpho Guerra, suffered nearly 100 bee stings, indicating that at least that many of the honeybees died in the incident. Officials suspect the other bees will go on to pollinate the surrounding area, which could be a good thing given the recent decrease in bee populations across the country and around the world.