MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - A city worker was stung hundreds of times Thursday morning after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Manchester, New Hampshire, officials said.
Emergency crews responding to Beech Street for a report of multiple people stung by bees about 10 a.m. learned a New Hampshire Parks and Recreation worker had struck a honeybee hive while pruning damaged branches.
The worker, a man in his 40s, was stuck high up in a bucket when the angry swarm of bees emerged from the hive and stung him hundreds of times, according to city officials. It’s estimated that there were about 10,000 bees in the hive.
“He tried to jump out of his boom, but it didn’t work,” said 62-year-old Army veteran Randy Graham, who came to the aid of the man while getting stung himself. “I got up underneath him, reached the boom, brought the boom down.”
The worker was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately known, but he will be held overnight.
A second worker was stung but was not badly injured.
A nurse treating the worker says she lost count after removing 200 stingers from his face.
A pest control team was called in to clear out the riled up bees because the hive was deemed a public safety threat.
Six people in total were stung, including a mother and her two sons.
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