Update at 1:30 p.m. CalTrans says all lanes are now opened, but Hazmat crews will remain on the shoulder in the area for the next few hours for clean-up. The California Highway Patrol has called for a bee keeper to remove the bees from a small, dirt road located off the freeway. Please use caution if you are in the area of Love’s, Del Taco, or Carl’ Jr. near the 86 Expressway exit in Coachella. Bees have flown as far as that area.
Update at 10:30 a.m. CHP says that they expect delays in the area of the accident for at least 2 to 3 hours. Traffic is being diverted around the crash site and moving slowly. A bee handler has also been called in to deal with thousands of bees that remain at the crash site.
Motorists can expect a slow drive into the Coachella Valley on Interstate 10 westbound, just east of Coachella.
Two big rig semi trucks collided on the freeway this morning at 7:11 a.m. blocking one westbound lane bringing traffic to a crawl.
Authorities said both trucks caught fire, one burning completely.
One big truck was hauling bees in crates which burst open.
One truck was also reportedly carrying frozen chicken.
Traffic was slowly detouring around the wreckage on the freeway, but was slow.
Minor injuries were reported to one driver who had cuts to his face, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Traffic was backed up in the westbound lanes for approximately two miles.