Bees Attack Man, More Than 200 Stings

Nearby workers rescued an 18-year-old northeast Oregon man after he swatted one bee and was swarmed by others that stung him more than 200 times.

Zach Gray of LaGrande says he's grateful to the men who picked him up in their truck, hosed off the bees and called 911. After six hours of emergency room treatment, he's expected to make a full recovery.

Gray and Richard Mills, both engineering technicians for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, had stopped near the La Grande Air Tanker Base on Tuesday to lock a toolbox in their service vehicle. When Gray was attacked, Mills tried to help but was also swarmed.

Northwood Manufacturing employees Daren Coon and Shannon Rogers rode to the rescue in their pickup truck, picking up Mills, then Gray. Coon says Gray was so covered by bees, "you couldn't even see his face."

Bee owner Keith Bobo says the hives had been stacked waiting for a truck to haul them to Washington. He says he doesn't know why the bees were so aggressive.


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  • by Endurance Swimmer on Aug 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM
    Ouch! I was stung by 2 bees when I was 15 coming out of my granpa's outhouse back in '79, and I cried like a baby. Boy! it was no picnic!
  • by Brian Location: Grants Pass on Aug 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    Don't understand why they would attack. I keep honeybees and they are very docile and calm and other bee keepers bees I've been around are the same way. If the hive came from So. Cal. (or another souther state) perhaps they could be africanized honeybees which are know for swarming on too people (just a thought.)
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    I agree
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    Twenty bucks says he did a lot more that swat one bee.
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