POSTED: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 12:41pm
NBC NEWS — Beekeepers have removed tens of thousands of bees that sent four people to the hospital when their hive in a Santa Ana, California storage yard was disturbed Thursday.
“A lot of bees,” said Jose Flores.
The bees swarmed and attacked Flores and three others.
Flores, his father, and a co-worker were able to run away but his brother Carlos, confined to a wheelchair, couldn’t escape.
Realizing Carlos was stuck, the three others went back into the swarm to pull him out.
“We counted seven or eight times they had to throw him down like a sack of potatoes and run away screaming, batting the bees away, rolling on the ground, as though they were burning in a fire,” recounted witness Walter Stevens.
All four were transported to an area hospital.
Ironically, Carlos was stung only a few times, his father, however was stung over 60 times and went into a state of shock.
He was the only one still in the hospital Thursday evening.
Experts believe the bees are likely European honeybees, but that is not yet confirmed.