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    🐝UnBEElievable: Drivers caught in traffic near Buckman Bridge greeted by bees

    Are you pollen my leg?

    Photo submitted by Bobbie Combs.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Let’s hope these drivers all had their windows up and their sunroofs shut.

    On Wednesday afternoon, some drivers on I-295 — in the area of the Buckman Bridge — spotted swarms of bees. A News4JAX viewer shared these photos with us.

    It was quite the sight. Some -- landing on vehicles that were sitting in traffic, including this brand new Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

    Photo submitted by Bobbie Combs

    Others -- went after this Sprinter van.

    Photo submitted by Bobbie Combs

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were four crashes in the area of the Buckman on Wednesday afternoon, which led to backups. Troopers said the bees were being transported by a truck that was on the highway, stuck in traffic.

    What you might be surprised to learn is, apparently, bees are transported in open-air trucks. Because the traffic was so slow moving, the bees took off and began congregating on surrounding vehicles. Fumes from idling vehicles might have also played a role.


    Photo shared by Bobbie Combs

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