A rollover crash of a tractor trailer carrying beehives in Death Valley National Park resulted in the driver and several emergency responders getting stung by bees.
On Sunday around 9:55 a.m., the unidentified male driver was traveling down a steep grade west of Towne Pass when he lost control of the big rig. The truck overturned several times, scattering the cargo of beehives, according to a press release by Death Valley National Park.
“Passersby extracted the driver from the truck, getting stung by bees in the process,” Death Valley National Park reported. “California Highway Patrol and National Park Service provided emergency response.
“The driver, a 35-year-old man from Las Vegas, had traumatic injuries from the rollover and bee stings. The patient was driven by ambulance to Panamint Springs Resort, where he was transferred to a Mercy Air helicopter ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital.”
The driver’s condition was unavailable.
CA-190 was damaged in August as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Hilary. Most of CA-190 reopened Oct. 15, but is not fully repaired. However, there was no flood damage near this accident.
Photos of the truck and scattered beehives provided by Death Valley National Park.