Authorities report that at least 1,000 bees swarmed a San Antonio highway on Sunday after a truck carrying at least 400 hives for removal flipped over. The driver of the 18-wheeler was injured and temporarily inaccessible as a fog of bees forced authorities to close the highway.
Details About the Truck Rollover Accident
A bee-removal truck failed to live up to its name on Sunday after it flipped over on the interchange connecting Interstate 35 southbound and Interstate 10, located above West Elmira Street.
The incident occurred when the driver attempted a turn and instead flipped the truck. Before long, a cloud of bees was covering the scene.
Emergency responders faced a difficult task as they attempted to rescue the injured truck driver, contain the bees, and protect the local community. After the crash, beekeepers were called in from all over the area to assist with the containment and clean up.
Reports have stated that there were at least 400 hives on the truck with each hive containing between 20,000 and 25,000 bees. The road was soon closed, and residents were warned to stay inside their homes and vehicles.
Unfortunately, none of the bees involved in the incident were recovered. Firefighters sprayed those on the truck with foam in order to contain the swarm while the bees that escaped weren’t recoverable. The fire department said the foaming was done for “safety reasons,” but beekeepers told reporters that while the incident was unfortunate, they didn’t blame the firefighters for their actions.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Texas Truck Accidents
Truck accidents have the potential to vary from other types of auto accidents. First, trucks are massive, meaning the damages, injuries, and fatalities sustained in these accidents generally surpass those seen in accidents involving smaller, lighter vehicles.
On top of the additional danger, these accidents can also be particularly hard to navigate during the recovery phase. This is due to the complex question of liability in trucking accidents.
In an “average” car accident, the parties involved are generally pretty limited: the drivers and passengers of all vehicles, road maintenance crews, and–in rare cases–local traffic law officials are about all the people that could possibly be held liable. In truck accidents, on the other hand, the number of people who could be responsible for whatever caused your accident can quickly balloon.
Due to the complex nature of these cases, it may be especially important for victims of a truck accident to seek the advice of an experienced truck accident attorney. In the meantime, you can check out Lapeze & John’s guide to determining liability following a Texas truck accident.
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident and feel you aren’t receiving the compensation you may be owed, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns to learn more about your rights.