Crash releases swarm of bees, dog onto Virginia highway

By Ben Hooper

May 4 (UPI) -- The Virginia State Police responded to a stretch of interstate where a multi-vehicle crash released a swarm of bees -- and a dog.

The Virginia State Police said two vehicles involved in a minor fender-bender in the northbound lanes of Interstate 495, near Georgetown Pike, were pulling over to the side of the road when they were struck by a tractor-trailer about 4 p.m. Wednesday.


The truck turned out to have been carrying pallets of honeybees and a swarm of the insects were released by the crash.

The truck driver's dog, which had been riding in the cab of the semi, was also released during the crash.

Two beekeepers who happened to be near the scene helped secure the insects while troopers retrieved the dog.

The truck driver, who police said suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured.

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