PELHAM -- A bee sting led to a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon that tied up rush-hour traffic, police said.
Shane Nowak, 23, of Litchfield told police he was traveling northbound on Mammoth Road approaching the area of Marsh Road when a bee flew down his shirt and stung him in the back.
"The bee sting distracted him, causing him to drive over the double-yellow line and into the southbound lane of travel, striking a black 2015 Nissan Juke," police said in a news release. "The Nissan was forced off the road and deep into the woods."
The Nissan was driven by Marian Awuah, 31, of Dracut, Mass. Nowak and Awuah were not injured, police said.
"Due to the location of the crash and the daily backup at Sherburne Road and Mammoth, traffic was inconvenienced for over an hour," police said of the 3:20 p.m. crash.
Nowak was driving a 2011 white Ford F250 pickup truck. The truck's tire was damaged and the vehicle could not be driven from the scene. Police said the Nissan had to be pulled out of the woods and was towed.
The Ford F250 came to a stop at the corner of Mammoth and Marsh Road; the Nissan was located far into the woods about 250 feet south of Mammoth and Marsh Road.