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. Man Dies By Killer Bee Attack – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
This is a nice honey bee. Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Africanized bees pollinate too, but unfortunately, they also attack people. (credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

This is a nice honey bee. Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Africanized bees pollinate too, but unfortunately, they also viciously attack people or animals that unintentionally stray into their territory. (credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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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