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Bees strike again in Pflugerville after man crashes truck

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For the second time in two days, bees have sent a man to the hospital.

On Thursday bees stung a man who crashed his truck into a house in Pflugerville. He was taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson with about 100 stings.

On Wednesday in Pflugerville, bees from a large hive inside an old filing cabinet attacked four people, sending one to the hospital in critical condition. He was stung about 300 times.

"When firefighters got here, he was on the ground, basically had bees all covered onto him. So they began swiping the bees off of him, got the hoses on the ground and started spraying him," Battalion Chief Nick Perkins with the Pflugerville Fire Department said of Wednesday's attack.

Fire officials said they man had been driving when bees flew into the open windows of his truck. He lost control and crashed into the very house where the hive was hidden in a wall.

"It was top to bottom about eight feet tall, a foot and a half wide, four inches deep, and 125,000 strong, about 80 to 100 pounds of honey comb," beekeeper Keith Huddle said.

Huddle said crews had to cut through the house to get the massive hive out.

"With the drought last year, the hives were definitely not spreading as much as they normally do. This year, with the great weather—not great, but better than normal—it is really doing a whole lot to make the bees reproduce and spread like crazy," Huddle said.

The beekeeper told YNN he's been getting about six calls per day to remove hives, making the coincidence of two Pflugerville attacks in two days not so unbelievable.

"I get calls from people getting 50, 100, 200 stings quite often," he said.

What should do you do if you encounter an unfriendly hive of bees?

Here are some tips from Keith Huddle:

• Get indoors, whether it's in a house or a vehicle. The bees will fly toward the windows.

• If you can't get inside, run as fast and far away as possible.

• And never trust a hive you think you know. A new queen can turn the colony aggressive overnight.

Beekeeper Keith Huddle stopped by our studio to discuss bees and the dangers involved. Check it out in the video below.

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