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Postby TomK » Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:33 pm

Bee swarm sends 10 to hospital after car crash

Associated Press
Published August 3, 2006, 6:30 AM CDT

OSSIAN, Ind. -- A swarm of up to 100,000 angry honey bees sent 10 people to the hospital including the driver of an SUV that hit a hollow tree in northeast Indiana, disturbing a hive.

"Those bees were mad," said Ossian Volunteer Fire Chief Kent Gilbert, who was stung at least 50 times Tuesday afternoon when he tried to pull the car's driver from the wreckage. "I've never seen bees, especially honeybees, attack like that."

Sixteen-year-old Jacqueline Cossairt, of Markle, slammed her GMC Envoy into the tree after she lost control on a gravel road about 10 miles south of Fort Wayne.

By the time rescuers arrived, a black cloud of buzzing insects had engulfed the car, forcing firefighters to wear full safety gear -- complete with oxygen tanks and face masks -- with temperatures in the 90s.

Safety workers doused the bees with water and foam while they tried to extricate Cossairt, who was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital with broken legs and multiple bee stings. She was remained at Lutheran Hospital Thursday morning.

A neighbor, along with a paramedic and seven firefighters, were also hospitalized for bee stings and heat-related symptoms.

"It was terrible," said Master Trooper Bob Brophy, commander of the Indiana State Police's Fort Wayne post. "You can't really train for that. You don't really know. You look for downed power lines. You don't look for a million bees."

Bee expert Stan Grove, a biology professor a Goshen College, said the insects are most active in warm weather when they furiously fan their wings to cool the temperature of the hive.

"They don't like to be jostled," Grove said.


Information from: The Journal Gazette,

Copyright © 2006, The Associated Press

Possible explanations:

Ken Jennings is audience-testing his "suggestions" for improving J!.

The hive just watched a double feature of The Smartest Guys in the Room and An Inconvenient Truth.

The bees just saw a Colts practice with Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes filling the spot of Edgerrin James.

In response, the governor of Indiana has made sure that the bees will be sent on a 3-month tour in Iraq, as part of the Indiana National Guard. Under Donald Rumsfeld's current definitions, that means the bees will be there for 10 years.
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