It sounds like something out of a cartoon: a transport truck loaded with honey bees overturns, loosing an angry swarm of critters on anyone nearby.
But for one Oklahoma police officer, that situation was all too real Tuesday afternoon – and he has the camera footage to prove it.
Garvin County Sheriff’s deputy Carl Zink responded to an accident on Interstate 35 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma shortly after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol, a transport truck loaded with crates containing honeybees overturned, spilling “millions” of bees in an angry swarm at the scene of the accident.
“Millions, millions of bees. I couldn’t give you a number, but millions,” Scott Woods, a motorist who pulled out the driver from the truck, told KFOR News in Oklahoma. “I got stung on the lip, on the end of the nose, mouth, the side of the eye and then the back.”
When Deputy Zink arrived on the scene, the swarm of bees had grown so large – and so agitated – that they literally trapped him inside his cruiser.
Video shot by Zink from inside his cruiser shows the incredible, almost cringe-inducing scene as millions of critters swarm on his windows and front windshield.
He was forced to wait in his cruiser until the bees were cleared. Luckily for him, he says he was only stung during this out-of-the-ordinary accident call.
Eventually, the bees were either collected or dispersed. Beekeepers say they were able to recollect over 100,000 of the escaped bugs.