Large commercial vehicles are dangerous on our roads if not driven safely. And not only from the accidents themselves, but also from what they can spill if they get into an accident. Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers saw news articles last week about one truck that turned over and let loose millions of bees near Atlanta.
In what seemed like a strange news story, a truck carrying bee hives had a tire blow out, hit a guardrail and spilled both hives and honey on I-75 in Monroe County. It happened near the Ga. 18 bridge in Forsyth. The county Emergency Management Agency director Matthew Perry told reporters, “It looked like there was a rain cloud around everybody. There was a giant mound of honeycomb and bees.” He also said it was the most bees he’d ever seen and estimated there must have been millions. Perry noted, “That was a sticky mess.”
While this sounds like just an interesting piece of news, swarming bees can actually be very dangerous. In 2011, a truck carrying beehives overturned in Utah, releasing 25 million bees. The driver of the truck and a passenger had to be hospitalized for bee stings. Drivers nearby the crash were told to keep their windows closed to keep the swarming bees out for fear of further stings and injuries. This type of accident is common enough, and seen as enough of a danger, that the state of New Jersey actually has an action plan, updated this year, entitled “Procedures for controlling Bee Spills in New Jersey”. It is published by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.