Elderly man dies after bee attack

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A man found dead in his car outside Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal today is believed to have been killed due to an allergic reaction to bee stings.

KZN Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said their paramedics found the vehicle on the N2 highway, between the R102 Link road and the Mandeni toll plaza, with little damage to the car, North Coast Courier reported.

“When they assessed the driver, an elderly man estimated to be in his late 60s, they found that he had sadly already passed away,” said McKenzie.

Passing motorists, who had seen the car leave the road and who had stopped to assist the man, told paramedics the man said he was picking fruit from a tree on the side of the road when he was attacked by a swarm of bees. The man was stung multiple times.

“He then ran to his car and had apparently managed to drive about one kilometre before leaving the road, which is where the passers-by found him and called EMS,” said McKenzie.

This after a Parks and Gardens Department municipal worker died after being stung by a swarm of bees in a field in Havenside, Chatsworth, in KwaZulu-Natal in January.

A passerby who was first on the scene said the man had been bleeding from his nose, and that there had been a lot of bees on him. The unidentified man, believed to be in his 40s, was described by his grieving colleagues as having been a warm, friendly person,

“He was my friend. I am shocked about the manner in which he died. He never mentioned anything about being allergic to bee stings, so I don’t think he knew about it,” said the man’s friend, Morris Dlamini.

– Caxton News Service

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