One man was killed and four others injured after being attacked by a swarm of about 800,000 bees in Douglas, Ariz., on Wednesday.
Four of the victims, including the deceased, had been doing yard work when they were attacked by the Africanized bees, a.k.a. “killer” bees, according to reports.
“Upon arrival, our units found five patients on scene that had been stung by bees,” Douglas Fire Chief Mario Novoa told the Douglas Dispatch. “Two patients were critical and were taken by ambulance to Cochise Regional Hospital. Two patients declined transport and one patient drove herself to the hospital.”
One man, 32, was stung more than 100 times and went into cardiac arrest.
“A witness said his face and neck were covered with bees,” Capt. Ray Luzania of the Douglas Fire Department told Tucson.com.
Four of the men had been working for Douglas ARC, an organization that helps people with developmental disabilities, the website reported. The other victim was a neighbor.
Jesus Corella of Southwest Exterminating, who was called in after the attack, said he found a massive nest between the ceiling and attic of the home, which he estimated to be at least 10 years old. He told Tucson News Now that the bees were very aggressive.