‘Killer Bees’ Claim 6 Lives After Bus Crashes Into Hives

    At least 14 people were seriously injured.  (Representative Image)

At least 14 people were seriously injured. (Representative Image)

The tragic incident took place on the San Sebastián de Yali road from Jinotega in Nicaragua, America.

A bus accident killed 6 people, including an 8-year-old girl, when the vehicle hit several bees and was attacked by a swarm of bees. According to the Daily Mail, the accident happened in Nicaragua on Monday during an hour-long bus journey from Jinotega to San Sebastian de Yali in the northwest of the country. Approximately 60 passengers were in the vehicle and at least 45 of them were attacked by “killer bees”. The bus reportedly lost control due to a mechanical failure and plunged 160 feet down a ravine.

Although all passengers initially survive a bus accident in which the vehicle crashes into a coffee plantation, things take a tragic turn when the disturbance caused by the collision disturbs a swarm of Africanized bees. Enraged bees stung passengers, killing six people and seriously injuring at least 14 others. Rescue efforts were further hampered by the presence of bees. The injured included four-year-old Justin Rivas and a pregnant woman named Alma Rivas. While some passengers were treated at a local hospital, others were taken to a medical center in Ginotega.

Graphic photos and videos reviewed by the portal allegedly show several painful bites that left passengers with red boil-like marks on their bodies. Several paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident to load the survivors onto city pickup trucks to transport them to hospitals. The driver of the bus has been identified as Santas Herrera. The 22-year-old man was driving on the El Caracol-La Ric road. The names of the dead include 19-year-old Kenya Jazmin Souza Bonilla, 84-year-old Rena Isabel Olivas Montalvan, 32-year-old Dilcia Amparo, 38-year-old Santos Arunulfo Calderon Castellon, 47-year-old Ineda. Torres Zelaya and her 8-year-old daughter Andrea Carolina.

The National Police’s Transit Unit has launched an investigation into the accident. Killer bees, also known as Africanized bees, were given the terrifying nickname for their aggressive behavior, according to a Natural History Museum report. Bees are found only in South, Central and North America.