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Bee attack leaves 1 critical, 3 injured

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Austin Travis County EMS officials say a man is in critical condition after being stung by a swarm of bees in Pflugerville Wednesday morning.

According to crews at the scene, a total of four patients had bee stings.

Timothy Hackney witnessed a massive swarm of bees attacking workers at a business near SH 130 and Rowe Lane.

"I drive down the road to get fuel every morning and pretty much saw a wall of bees,” Hackney of Sawcrete Company said.

Hackney realized bees were on the attack when he saw a man who “probably had a thousand bees stuck to him.”

The victim was taken to Round Rock hospital, reportedly with 300 hundred stings to his body.

Professional beekeeper Timothy Huddle responds to scenes when emergency personnel need his help.

"They were hanging from that, so I saw this wooden box, lift that cover and that's what I found,” Huddle said.

An estimated 150,000 bees called the honeycomb home. According to Huddle, the worker bees cranked out 120 pounds of honey stored in an old filing cabinet.

"That's pretty average. You see all these covered cells. Each one of those covered cells is a baby. On the other side, it's the exact same thing. More covered cells. More babies,” Huddle said.

In order to stop the aggressive nature of Wednesday morning’s bee swarm, Huddle had to kill the Queen Bee.

“I can actually give them a queen of my own that is more docile and start the hive again,” Huddle said.

Heavy spring rains have resulted in an increase in bee activity this year.

In the meantime, the victim is recovering and the bees are busy looking for a new place to start a colony.

Officials say bees are still aggressive and urge drivers to avoid the area near Rowe Lane and FM 685.

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