Longview couple survives honey bee attack

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Longview couple is recovering after being attacked by a swarm of honey bees.

Late Wednesday evening the man was mowing his lawn off Danciger Road when a swarm of around 200 bees overwhelmed him and his wife. The bees came from hives the homeowner kept on his property. A neighbor tried to help as fire crews arrived and sprayed the swarm down with foam.

Firefighters got their share of stings as well. "This scene was surreal in that we had a cloud of bees over the patient which is very scary because you have to get to this patient," said Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zachary."One firefighter sustained five stings while other sustained two or three stings."

The couple was hospitalized for multiple stings, but have been released.

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