Accidents, Bees and Canines: The A-B-Cs of a Crash on I-495

Accidents, Bees and Canines: The A-B-Cs of a Crash on I-495

To bee, or not to bee. After a crash May 2 involving two passenger vehicles and a semi-tractor trailer, Virginia State Police and civilians alike had no choice in the matter.

According to a release from VSP, two vehicles were involved in a minor crash about 4 p.m. in the northbound lands of Interstate 495 near Georgetown Pike in Fairfax County.

As those vehicles were being moved to the shoulder, they were struck by a northbound tractor-trailer that had veered into the Jersey wall.

Virginia State Police Trooper C. Lanfranchi Jr. is investigating a multi-vehicle crash in Fairfax County. The incident first began around 4 p.m. Wednesday (May 2) with a minor. two-vehicle, fender-bender crash in the northbound lanes of I-495 near Georgetown Pike.

The driver of the semi was found in his cab unresponsive due to a medical emergency.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was found in his cab unresponsive due to a medical emergency.

As VSP Trooper C. Lanfranchi Jr. and medical personnel were assessing the scene, they were suddenly swarmed by bees. The flatbed semi was loaded with pallets of honey bees. During the crash, a strap had broken off and one of the pallets shifted, allowing the bees to escape.

As traffic backed up, a man and his son approached the crash scene. They both happened to be experienced bee handlers and offered their assistance. They suited up, inspected the flatbed trailer, and helped secure the load and capture a majority of the bees.

Meanwhile, a small dog was found running loose at the scene. Trooper Lanfranchi was able to rescue the pup and placed the dog safely in his patrol car. It was determined the dog belonged to the semi driver. Because it took quite a while to clear the scene, the trooper even took the dog for a quick walk with an improvised “leash” he found in his patrol car.

The driver of the semi, a 56-year-old Missouri man, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Neither driver in the original crash was injured in either crash.

Trooper Lanfrachi, cleared of his dog-walking duties, is investigating the crash.

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