A third-generation Texas farmer was killed when a swarm of angry bees attacked him after his tractor disturbed their enormous hive.
Rogerio Zuniga was working in Lozano, Texas, on Sunday when his tractor hit an abandoned irrigation pipe, which enraged the bees inside.
The angry insects swarmed from the 18-inch pipe, attacked and killed the man. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Rogerio Zuniga (pictured), a third generation farmer in the small Texan community of Lozano, was killed when a swarm of angry bees attacked him after his tractor disturbed their enormous hive (photo: KGBT).
Rogerio’s cousin and San Benito Fire Department Chief Raul R. Zuniga Jr. said:
He jumped off the tractor and ran about 100 yards away from the swarm before he collapsed in the field.
The victim’s family discovered his body, all covered in bees, after noticing that the tractor was abandoned in the field, Raul said.
Speaking to KGBT, Rogerio’s sister Lisa Zuniga said:
He had gaping wounds, the bees shredded him basically. It was horrible.
2. Authorities found 15 to 20 feet of honeycomb inside the abandoned pipe which Rogerio’s tractor hit.
3. The victim’s family discovered his body, all covered in bees, after noticing that the tractor was abandoned in the field (photo: KGBT).
Authorities found 15 to 20 feet of honeycomb inside the abandoned pipe which Rogerio’s tractor hit. Raul said:
We got help from the county and an exterminator, but we broke the concrete pipe to get into it. The thing was just filled with bees.
They were extremely aggressive, too. One of the guys on my team got stung through his veil.
The clean-up process took about four hours to complete, as the bees kept attacking the crews.
The exterminator observed that the bees were swarming in another location, where the victim’s mother lives, and found yet more honeycomb inside four tires. Raul said:
In our area bees have always been a problem, but not to this extent. I was told the weather has been causing them to swarm and that most colonies are infected with Africanized bees that seem to be more aggressive.
4. Rogerio Zuniga is killed by bees in Lozano, Texas — a KGBT Action 4 News report.
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