A bee sting caused a motorist to ram his car into a passing Niagara Falls Fire Department truck Friday and knock it on its roof on Porter Road, injuring two people and destroying the one-ton truck.
The accident forced police to close off Porter Road between 98th Street and Tuscarora Road from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. so the accident scene could be cleared and the 80 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from the truck could be absorbed, Officer James Suitor said.
The accident occurred as Ian Biggins, 21, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, was traveling eastbound on Porter Road when a bee flew into his car and stung him.
The shock from the sudden sting made Biggins lose control of his 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier, swerve left and crash into the side of a westbound fire mechanic's pickup truck driven by firefighter Randall McNally, 35. The impact overturned the truck and broke its axle, Suitor said.
McNally, also an assistant master mechanic with the Fire Department who was on department business at the time, was released after treatment for minor injuries at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, Suitor said.
Biggins was treated at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for multiple lacerations to his face, neck, chest, arms and hands. He was being held at the hospital late Friday evening so a plastic surgeon could evaluate one of his hands which was badly cut, a hospital official said. Suitor said he charged Biggins with failure to keep right.