6 People, Including a Child, Stung to Death by ‘Killer Bees’ After Bus Crashes into Hives

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Six people, including an 8-year-old girl, were fatally stung by a swarm of bees after a bus they were riding crashed into a ravine and hit several beehives, NY Post reported. 

A bus carrying 60 passengers, Monday, in Nicaragua, swerved off the road during an

“hourlong journey from Jinotega to San Sebastián de Yalí in the northwest of the country,”

reports state. According to the outlet, the vehicle was experiencing a

“mechanical problem,”

before plummeting

“165 feet down the ravine,”

and coming into contact with a coffee plantation.

The travelers were stung repeatedly by

“killer bees”

with six having reportedly succumbed to the attack. The New York Times reported the victims as Reyna Isabel Olivas Montalván, 84; Santos Arnulfo Calderón Castellón, 38; Dilcia Flores Amparo, 32; Kenia Jazmín Soza Bonilla, 19; and Eneyda Tórrez Zelaya, 47, and her 8-year-old daughter Andrea Carolina.

Several passengers were carried to a nearby health center where they were treated for their severe marks, while others had to be taken to a larger hospital in Jinotega. Photos show the victims’ whole bodies covered with hundreds of red bite marks.

The Africanized honey bee, also known as

“‘the killer bee’ is a cross-breed between the European honey bee and the African honey bee,”

according to the USDA.

“African honey bees were imported to Brazil in the1956 to increase honey production in the country. However, the following year, several bees escaped from an apiary and began breeding with European honey bees,”

The Post reported.

The bees are reportedly sensitive to the simple sight of


or even the

“scent of cologne”

which is considered a threat to their hive. 

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