Medics wade through swarm of bees at accident scene

2015-06-15 08:27
The scene of an accident where a swarm of angry bees attacked the victims after crashing into a tree. (Supplied, RescueCare)

The scene of an accident where a swarm of angry bees attacked the victims after crashing into a tree. (Supplied, RescueCare)

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Durban - Medics waded through a swarm of angry bees to get to five seriously injured churchgoers whose bakkie had rolled on the N2 near Durban on Sunday.

One man, who was rushed to hospital by ambulance, later died as a result of his injuries.

Rescuecare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that a bakkie carrying five members of the Shembe church had been travelling on the N2 southbound carriageway when the accident occurred.  

“What caused the accident and what events were at play in the lead up remain unclear. What we surmise is that the driver lost control of the bakkie which veered from the roadway, smashing through a roadside barrier and then rolled repeatedly down a hill,” he said.

Angry bees

Jamieson said that while rolling through a thicket, the bakkie had disturbed a swarm of bees.

“When we got there it was chaos and everyone was getting stung. We managed to get to the patients and initiate care but it was dangerous because there were bees everywhere. One of the accident victims, who was unable to move and run away from the swarm, sustained over 50 bee stings to her face alone,” he said.

The injured were carried up a steep embankment and then transported by ambulance to the King Edward VIII Hospital for further medical care.

“One of the men was walking around at the scene and our medics immobilised him and took him to hospital. Sadly, shortly after arrival, he passed away because of what we think was a severe head injury,” Jamieson added.

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