- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has ruled against a professional beekeeper who became allergic to bee venom after being stung hundreds of times while responding to a tractor-trailer accident.

Friday’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Douglas Sanders, whose company helped with salvage efforts after a truck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on an interstate ramp near Newark in 2014.

Sanders, who had to quit work as a beekeeper after developing the allergy, sued the trucking company and truck driver, claiming that they were negligent in loading and transporting the bees. He also sued the pollination company that hired the tractor-trailer.

The judge agreed with the defendants that Sanders voluntarily assumed the risks associated with bee salvage operations and that he therefore was not entitled to recover damages.

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