“Everybody’s been stung,” said Sgt. Ben Lewis of the State Patrol. “This is a first.”
The driver of the crash was not injured, but every Seattleite is fearing for their life today as a swarm of angry bees encircles the rainy region.
Literally my nightmare: "A semitruck rolled early Friday, spilling a load of honeybees on the Interstate 5 median" http://t.co/2pGvkxmnMu— Daniel Brovman (@dbrovman) April 17, 2015
BREAKING: Sting to headline memorial concert for all those killed in #Beenado— Eric Wilkinson (@EricWilkinson) April 17, 2015
Washington State Department of Transportation warned drivers to roll up their windows lest they want to succumb to a bee attack.
As the temperatures escalated with the day, the bees got more agitated so firefighters sprayed a mixture of foam and water on the hives in an effort to slow down or kill the bees before they sting and swell up every Washingtonian in sight.
The truck was exiting Interstate 405 northbound when the 36-year-old driver lost control and hit a guardrail – overturning the bee-buzzing truck.
The bee swarm sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock nightmare but Dr. Walter Sheppard, a professor of Entomology at Washington State University, said honeybees normally do not sting people unless they sense a threat to their colony.
The Seattle Times notes, “Unless the wreck blocked traffic and drivers got out waving their arms, Sheppard doubted the public was in danger.”
“I couldn’t imagine it being a public health menace, but it’s a big nuisance,” said Sheppard.
Tell that to anyone with a bee sting allergy.