Friday, September 16, 2011

Bee Attack hospitalized four men in Santa Ana, California - 15th Sept 2011

A swarm of aggressive bees hospitalized four men in Santa Ana on Thursday and forced the evacuation of a city block. A professional bee-removal team corralled the swarm and collected a hive that it estimated held 60,000 honeybees. The hive was in a stack of pallets at a storage yard just east of busy Main Street, in south Santa Ana.

The first victim was a man in a wheelchair who was stung more than 60 times, Santa Ana Fire Capt. Steve Snyder said. Three other men who saw him on the ground and struggling with the bees helped pull him to safety but were also stung several times.

All of the men showed signs of reactions to the bee stings, such as labored breathing, Snyder said. Three were taken to Coastal Communities Hospital in Santa Ana, and the fourth was taken to Western Medical Center. Their conditions were not available Thursday afternoon.

Two firefighters were also stung.

Firefighters shut down a stretch of South Cypress Street for about an hour early Thursday afternoon and evacuated about five nearby businesses because of the swarm. The area, bordered by Main Street on the west, Orange Avenue on the east, Dyer Road on the south and Goetz Avenue on the north, was back open by about 2 p.m.

Snyder said he did not know what happened to rouse the bees. The first victim was apparently inside the storage yard with the hive when the attack happened, he said. Source