Truck accident prompts bee attack


by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM

PFLUGERVILLE, TX - It's a stretch of road where not much has changed, at least in Willard Hebbe's lifetime.

"A few bicyclists out here," said Hebbe. "They like to come out here and ride, but it's just a country road out here."

It's a road Hebbe knows well, which is why what he drove by Thursday stood out.

"I saw a truck in the driveway, kind of strange and unusual," said Hebbe. Strange because, the fence usually hiding it from view was ripped right out of the ground. "After awhile we had two or three fire trucks and an ambulance and a tow truck," Hebbe added.

That's when Hebbe's daughter Kristin started taking pictures, capturing much more than a wrecked truck. The driver's off road ride finally ended when the truck slammed into the corner of a nearby house ending one accident and starting another.

"Evidently there was a swarm of bees in the house and the bees attacked the guy getting out of the truck," explained Hebbe.

The swarm stung not only the driver, but several others, including the homeowner who tried to pull him to safety. The attack makes five in the past week for Travis County. They started last Friday with two attacks near Koenig and Lamar. Another swarm struck north Austin off Croslin Street. The worst was Wednesday in Plugerville, when bees stung a man more than 300 times.

Thursday's swarm wasn't even the biggest. A bee wrangler said the hive was just a few years old.

"I don't know what's up with all these bees," smiled Hebbe. "I don't think these are related to those bees, but don't really know for sure."

What Hebbe does know, he'll be keeping an eye out for all things that buzz.

Travis County EMS says the driver of that truck was taken to Seton Williamson Hospital. The man is expected to make a full recovery.