Swarming Honeybees Trap Deputy on Oklahoma Interstate

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By Alex Johnson

A semi-truck carrying honeybees overturned on an Oklahoma interstate Tuesday — trapping a sheriff's deputy as thousands of angry, swarming bees blanketed his cruiser.

Miraculously, the state Highway Patrol said, the deputy was stung only once and escaped otherwise unhurt — but not before he recorded terrifying video of the blanket of bees engulfing the vehicle.

Garvin County Deputy Carl Zink was responding to a report of an overturned truck shortly after 1 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) on Interstate 35 near Pauls Valley, about 50 miles south of Oklahoma City, when the bees swarmed his cruiser, the state patrol said.

Unable to leave the vehicle, Zink took out his phone and began recording what was happening.

NBC station KFOR of Oklahoma City reported that it took several hours for beekeepers to clear the scene of the flying pests. Traffic was backed up for 4 miles, said Bud Ramming, the county's emergency management director.