MOODY (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A hive of 40,000 Africanized honey bees, known as “killer bees,” killed a Central Texas man and hurt a woman who came to his aid.
It happened in Moody, about thirty minutes south of Waco.
McLennan County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cawthon told the Waco Tribune-Herald that Larry Goodwin was driving a tractor on Saturday when attacked. Goodwin ran to a house about 50 yards away and tried to use a garden hose to ward off the swarm.
A woman came out to help and was also stung. Goodwin was pronounced dead on the scene.
Allen Miller, owner of Bee Be Gone, who later destroyed the hive, said Goodwin apparently hit a pile of wood that housed a hive. Miller estimated it contained about 40,000 bees. He said Africanized bees attack much more aggressively and in greater numbers than European bees.
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