A swarm of Africanized bees attacked four people and shut down a business park in Pflugerville Wednesday morning. The intersection around Rowe Ln. and FM 685 was shut down for nearly four hours while emergency crews worked to round up the buzzing pests.
The colony of bees, which reportedly numbered between 100 and 200 thousand, had built their hive in some old office furniture that was disposed of in front of a local business in the area. As an employee walked into his place of employment, located on Rowe Ln., the bees became agitated and started to attack.
The man was taken to the hospital with more than 300 bee stings, according to Austin/Travis County EMS. A Pflugerville motorcycle patrol officer was stung upon first arriving on the scene, and two other men who were also working at the site were attacked.
According to bee expert Keith Huddle, the situation could have been a lot worse.
"They could have easily been the first deaths of the year. The death count is amazingly low considering the other years," said Huddle.
Huddle removed the colony and the queen from the hive. All four of the victims are expected to make a full recovery.
EMS urged people to stay away from the area Wednesday morning into the afternoon due to the high bee activity in the area.
The intersection around Rowe Ln. and FM 685 has been reopened.